About Sasha

Sasha A. Palmer is a linguist with a BA from Moscow State Linguistic University and an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. Sasha is The Haiku Foundation 2021 Touchstone Award for Individual Poems winner, and the recipient of the international translation Compass Award for Russian poetry in English. She is the author of CONNECTED awarded 1st Place in FoFG’s 2021 Poetry Contest, and of STORYTELLING selected as winner of the international poetry contest Loneliness Project.  Her work has appeared in Slovo/Word, Cardinal Points, Liguorian and elsewhere. Born and raised in Moscow, she currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. Fun facts about Sasha: folks know her as The Happy Amateur, or Happy for short. Sasha coined the phrase “Live for the Love of it.”