Maria Cyranowicz (b. 1974) is a Polish poet, literary critic, teacher, and editor. In 1999 she received the prestigious Ludwik Fryde Award for Young Critics. Associated with the avant-garde writing practices known as neolingwizm, she has authored five books: neutralizacje (“neutralizations,” Biblioteka Frondy, 1997), i magii nacja (“and magick’s nation,” Zielona Sowa, 2001), piąty element to fiksja (“the fifth element is an I-fix,” Staromiejski Dom Kultury, 2004), psychodelicje (“psychedelicacies,” Staromiejski Dom Kultury, 2006), and den.presja (“deepression,” Fundacja Mammal, 2009), from which the three translated poems included in this issue come. She has co-edited two anthologies: Gada !Zabić? Pa)n(tologia neolingwizmu (“Talking !Kill? The Pa)n(thology of Neolingwizm,” Staromiejski Dom Kultury, 2005, with Pawel Kozioł) and Solistki: Antologia poezji kobiet (“Soloists: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry”) (1989 – 2009) (Staromiejski Dom Kultury, 2009, with Joanna Mueller and Justyna Radczyńska). She is a co-editor and contributor to the art/literary magazines Meble (now defunct) and Wakat/Notoria. Her new poems have recently appeared in Strefa wolna: Wiersze przeciwko nienawiści i homofobii (“Free Zone: Poems against Hate and Homophobia,” Outside the Box, 2019), Dezorientacje: Antologia polskiej literatury queer (“Disorientations: An Anthology of Polish Queer Literature”) edited by Alessandro Amenta, Tomasz Kaliściak, and Błażej Warkocki (Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej, 2021), and the anthology Świat się wiecznie zaczyna: Antologia Juliana Przybosia edited by Uta Przyboś (“The World Begins Forever: Julian Przyboś's Anthology,” WBPiCAK, 2022). Her poetry has been translated into English, Spanish, and Hungarian. Her new collection of poems machinacje (“machinations”) is forthcoming in 2023. She lives in Warsaw.