Sylvia Byrne Pollack ‘93

Sylvia Byrne Pollack ‘93 (Seattle, MA) was featured in an article in the Seattle Times. Pollack is a Seattle poet and scientist who, at the age of 80, published her first book of poetry, entitled Risking It. She had a long career in research and was named research professor emeritus at the University of Washington. She did some early work in journalism for the local newspaper but never lost her passion for creative writing. Her book was inspired by a trip she took to Antarctica with her wife where they were caught in a hurricane while aboard. When she returned she became involved in her local poetry community and in 2019 was named Jack Straw Writer. Her poems include humor and characters through which she explores mental illness and hearing loss. Read the Seattle Times article here.