Anne Blonstein: Biography

Anne Blonstein was born in England in 1958, the great-granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from continental Europe. She spent six years at Cambridge University where she followed a BA in Natural Sciences with a PhD in genetics and plant physiology. In 1983 she moved to Basel, Switzerland, for a post-doctoral position working on plant hormone genes. She left scientific research in 1991. After four years as a copy editor for a medical publisher, since 1996 she has been freelance and now earns her living primarily as a translator.

She is the author of five full-length collections—the blue pearl (Salt Publishing, 2003), worked on screen (Poetry Salzburg, 2005), memory's morning (Shearsman Books, 2008), correspondence with nobody (Ellectrique Press, 2008), the butterflies and the burnings (Dusie Press, 2009)—and four chapbooks. Her writing is included in the forthcoming anthology, Infinite Difference: Other Poetries from UK Women Poets, edited by Carrie Etter (Shearsman Books, 2010).

A strong interest in contemporary music has led to a long-term collaboration with the Swiss composer Mela Meierhans, who has not only used poems written specifically for her commissions but, as part of an ongoing project, since 2003 has also been setting selections from the blue pearl for various combinations of instruments and voice.