Dr. Maja Trochimczyk is a Californian poet, scholar, translator, photographer, and non-profit director from Poland. She studied musicology at the University of Warsaw, Poland (M.A. 1986) and sound engineering at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (M.A. 1987). In 1988 she emigrated to Canada and in 1994 she earned her Ph.D. in musicology from McGill University in Montreal. She held Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1994-1996),and the American Council of Learned Societies (2001-2002). She published six books of music studies, including: Frederic Chopin: A Reserch and Information Guide (Routledge, 2015, co-edited with William Smialek), The Lutoslawski Legacy (Polish Institute of Art and Sciences in Canada, 2014, co-edited with Stanislaw Latek), and Polish Dance in Southern California (East European Monographs, Columbia University Press, 2008). Her articles appeared in American Music, Contemporary Music Review, Musical Quarterly, Computer Music Journal, Muzyka, Studia Musicologica, Leonardo, Polish American Studies, Polish Review, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II (Macmillan), Women Composers: Music Through the Ages (G.K. Hall), Lutoslawski Studies (Oxford University Press), and The Age of Chopin (Indiana University Press). Her musicology work was translated into Polish, German, French, Swedish, Chinese and Japanese.
She published five books of poetry (Rose Always - A Court Love Story, rev. 2011; Miriam's Iris, or Angels in the Garden, 2008, both from Moonrise Press; Slicing the Bread, Finishing Line Press 2014), Into Light, and The Rainy Bread (Moonrise Press, 2016). She also edited two poetry anthologies: Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (2010) and Meditations on Divine Names (2012) and published poetry and photographs in numerous journals. Dr. Trochimczyk is a recipient of PAHA's Creative Arts Prize (2016), Distinguished Service Award (2014), and the 2007 Swastek Prize for her article about Polish folk dance groups in Southern California. In 2012 she was presented with a medal for the promotion of Polish culture "Zasluzony dla Kultury Polskiej" from the Minister of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Poland and received numerous city and county honors celebrating her 15 years of volunteering for the Polish-American community.