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Post-Volcanic Folk Tales


Winner of a National Poetry Series prize, as selected by acclaimed poet Ishion Hutchinson, explores what it means to be a daughter of the diaspora.

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Forthcoming: 12/3/24

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Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before December 3, 2024.

In Post-Volcanic Folk Tales, Mackenzie Polonyi considers what it is, what it means, being a daughter of the diaspora. A third-generation woman away from a country called home, she coos into the acoustic wound of an in-between while troubling perceptions of time and death, worming herself into biomythographical spaces by way of vowels and diacritics, and gathering cartographic information from her beloved maternal grandmother’s body, name, and belongings.

In her debut collection, Polonyi is disobedient and devoted, her world-building is factual and folkloric. Here, she reconceptualizes guardian angels, reclaims her ancestral language of horses, reflects upon imperfections of remembrance, explores complexities of “matriviticultural” psychoemotional inheritance and familial illness, and ultimately archives and grieves by way of imaginative invention.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Published: 12/3/24
  • IBSN: 9781636141961


Mackenzie Polonyi is a diasporic Hungarian poem maker battling dysautonomia and autoimmunity. Her work may be found or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Palette Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tupelo Press, Quarterly West (where she was a finalist for their 2022 poetry contest), and elsewhere. Polonyi was also a finalist for A Public Space 2023 Writing Fellowship and a semifinalist for the Tomaž Šalamun Prize. She is a Cornell University 2022 MFA poetry graduate and lecturer, a 2021 Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Prize winner, and guardian of her beloved adolescent dog, Appa.

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