Niina Pollari '06
Concentration: English Literature
Poet, Brooklyn, NY
Niina Pollari graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2006 with a concentration in English Literature. Niina’s outstanding thesis won an honorable mention in the highly competitive Undergraduate Studies Essay Competition from the prestigious database, Early English Books Online, in 2006. Her thesis later led to an invitation to present her research at the Milton Symposium at the University of London in 2008. She received her Master’s in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008.
Niina’s writing has been featured in numerous literary journals as well as the Brooklyn Rail and Jezebel.com. The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal, her translation of the poems of Tytti Heikkinen, was released in 2013 from Action Books, and she is also the author of three chapbook-length volumes of poetry: Fabulous Essential (2009, Birds of Lace), Book Four (2012, Hyacinth Girl), and Total Mood Killer (Tiger Bee Press 2017). In 2012, with Judy Berman, she edited a collection of essays called It's Complicated: Feminists Write about the Misogynist Art We Love. In 2015, Niina published her poetry collection Dead Horse(Birds, LLC 2015).
Currently, Niina Pollari is a poet, essayist, and Finnish translator in Brooklyn, NY, and also reviews books and works as poetry manuscript consultant. Niina is a project specialist at the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where she has been since 2012, as well as coordinator for the POPSICKLE Literary Festival. For her artistic achievements, Niina was the recipient of the 2013 FAU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.