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About me

An introduction
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Who I am

Hi! My name is Anna Spysz and I used to just write, edit, and translate things for a living - now I also code them (feature upgrade!). Sometimes I also take pictures, and other times I make music. Mostly, though, I just want to keep reading, learning, and traveling.

After spending 11 years living in gorgeous Krakow, Poland, where I earned my MA, I now live in Portland, Oregon, where I recently completed a full-stack developer bootcamp. When I'm not writing or coding, I can be found kung fu fighting at my local Wing Chun academy. In the past I wrote a book (OK, half) and used to write a lot about tech and startups for publications such as Bitspiration News and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. I also used to play in a post-rock band called New Century Classics, and I’m an original co-founder of Preserved Sound, an ambient and neo-classical record label based in Krakow, though these days I mostly play music at home and with friends.

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What I do

Front-end web development
Static websites
Editing & copyediting
Consulting for startups

(1people regularly pay me to do these things)

Graphic design
Playing music
Jailbreaking iPhones

(2people pay me to do them now and then)

Serverless web development
Composing music

(3maybe one day people will pay me to do them)


My life in numbers

Why you should hire me

Experience & Reviews
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I am the co-author and editor of the book The Essential Guide to Being Polish, released July 2013. I also recently wrote and was the project manager for a workbook for startups titled PowerGuide for InnoEnergy. You can read an excerpt from it here.

I have experience as both a freelance writer and tech journalist and as an editor, with over four years of combined experience as the editor-in-chief of a newspaper and online publication, and am available for freelance commissions. My areas of expertise include tech and startups (particularly cleantech), history, politics, European culture, and literature in emigration, though I am an obsessive reader of physics, astronomy and neuroscience books and love to write on those topics as well. I have been interviewed in a variety of media on the topic of current events in Poland, including the BBC and ABC News in the U.S.

I am interested in writing about technology, current trends in science (particularly astrophysics), and new media. I also have experience as a music journalist, having written for several blogs in the past as well as starting my own music publication.

In addition to writing, I am also a freelance translator, and started my own location-independent translation business in January 2011 called Tłumaczenia Bez Biura (Translations Without an Office). I specialize in Polish to English translation, as well as proofreading or copyediting already translated English text.

Selected Writing

A selection of articles and other writing published online.

Reviews of The Essential Guide to Being Polish

"[A] carefully researched but reader-friendly peregrination through the story of Poland—a thrilling if sometimes depressing ride you wouldn't believe if you read it in a novel. . . . I can say honestly . . . that The Essential Guide to Being Polish will not disappoint." — Krakow Post

"Do you plan to visit Poland for the first time? Are you contemplating a return trip? Do you enjoy reading about other countries and their cultures? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above then you must read The Essential Guide to Being Polish. . . . Once you start reading, you’ll want to read it all." —  Am-Pol Eagle

"I invite you on this journey into the depths of the Polish soul." — from the Foreword by former Polish President Lech Walesa

The Essential Guide to Being Polish recounts the political and cultural history of Poland—and, if you will, of Polishness—with a reader-friendly, streamlined clarity that is leavened with wit and timely, amusing turns, but that for all its playfulness never loses sight of the essential complexity of its subject.” —Stuart Dybek, award-winning author of The Coast of Chicago and I Sailed with Magellan

Selected Interviews

I was interviewed about the topic of women in tech and startups in Poland for the ProCEEd Podcast.

If you read Polish, here's an article on my role as editor in chief of the Krakow Post: Nowa krakowska gazeta dla obcokrajowców.

Finally, very rarely and reluctantly I've done TV/web video interviews. Here's one of them: INMA Poll: Anna Spysz, Editor in Chief, Krakow Post.


Select projects & clients
  • All projects
  • Coding
  • Writing
  • Consulting
  • Photography
  • Translation

IFF (If and Only If)

Founder & Developer

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Essential Guide

The Essential Guide to Being Polish

Co-author & Editor

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PowerGuide for InnoEnergy

Author & Project Manager

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Bitspiration News

Editor in Chief, Co-founder

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The Polish Agnecy for Enterprise Development

Editor & Journalist

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Krakow Post

Editor in Chief

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Blogger & Social Media

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Copywriter & Social Media

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NoName Agency

Copywriter & Translator

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Content Strategy

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Seed Labs

Press release writing

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Consultant on rebranding

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Consulting, copyediting

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Event Photographer

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Official Photographer

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Craig Leon

Sony Music

Recording Session Photographer

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Tłumaczenia Bez Biura

Founder, Translator

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Translation & Proofreading

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Agricultural University in Krakow

Translation & Proofreading

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Folia Horticulturae

Language Editor

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Wokól Nas Publishing House


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Polish Radio


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National Science Centre


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