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last update:
27th Nov22

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poetry favourites:
Cinnamon Press
Poetry Society
Poetry School

and in the shop…
pamphlet collections –
“Mexica Mix”
Verve Poetry Press;
“Dragon Child”



Marina Sánchez is a mix of Indigenous Mexican/Spanish/British and has lived in the UK since 1970. She holds a BA Honours degree in Modern Languages.
An award-winning poet and translator, she has been widely published in literary journals including The SHOp, South Bank, Acumen, Obsessed with Pipework, Magma, The Reader (magazine and online), Anima Press, ARTEMISpoetry, Scintilla, Stand, Nutshell, La Tundra, Save as Writers, poetry kit, Exiled Writers (online) and Morning Star, Poetry News, The Royal Society of Literature’s Write Across London (online).
She has won Poetry News and Grindstone competitions (2017) and was a Commended Finalist of the bilingual Victorina Press Poetry Award and translator and joint editor of VO(I)CES II.
Her pamphlet Dragon Child (Acumen, 2014), was Book of the Month in the poetry kit website. It was also featured in the British Library’s The Hidden surprises of Poetry Pamphlets Event with Gemma Meek (3 June 2019).
She is a member of her local stanza group and has read at various venues including The Poetry Cafe, Crouch End festival, St John’s Church in Palmers Green, Torbay festival, the South Bank’s Beyond Belief festival (2017), Bare Lit festival (2019), Torriano Meeting House and The Roundhouse.
Her poems are included in the first UK Latinx anthology Un Nuevo Sol (flipped eye, 2019). She also took part in the first Latinx UK-US poetry reading in June 2020 (Zoom).
In June 2020, her poem Blessing 2020 was chosen for a dance film by FLAWA (Festival of Latin American Women Writers in the Arts): see FLAWA website
While she has also worked as a freelance translator, poetry is closer to her heart and she has translated Pablo Neruda’s One Hundred Love Sonnets, Rosario Castellanos, Federico Garcia Lorca, Alberti and Alfonsina Storni.
Her working life has been mostly in education across all ages: as an ESOL tutor in adult education and in SEND (Special Education Need & Disabilities), including home-educating her daughter. She has also delivered creative writing sessions in Haringey schools.
Marina lives in North London and works in a local secondary school. She continues to be a committed advocate, activist and campaigner on a range of issues.
Responses to Mexica Mix:

Put your hand on this book and you will feel the heartbeat of the poems inside.


Cheryl Moskowitz, (Cheryl Moskowitz website)


Delicious language, a perfectly balanced set of poems, tuned to elemental forces, human experience and a mix of cultural influences.


Maggie MacKay, Sphinx review.


Reading these fine poems was a pleasure and a learning experience.


Brian Docherty, London Grip


Responses to Dragon Child:

Amazing poems on such enormous and difficult subject. Perfectly put together. Beautiful. A real achievement.


Mimi Khalvati, (Mimi Khalvati website)


A fine, direct and poignant exploration through a landscape that has no other map


Jim Bennett, awarding January Book of the Month to Dragon Child, (Poetry Kit website)


Urgent, unbearably moving


Laurence Scott, author & teacher (Laurence Scott website)



Anthologies & Pamphlets

Two Ravens, Grey Hen Press (forthcoming anthology).
Menopause, The Anthology, Arachne Press, 2023.
Where we find ourselves, Arachne Press, 2021.
New Contexts 1 anthology, Cover Story Books, 2021.
Mexica Mix, Verve Poetry Press, Spring 2021.
Poetry in the Plague Year, Poetry Kit, 2020)
Un Nuevo Sol, flipped eye, 2019
Dragon Child, Acumen, 2015, (pamphlet collection).
Is it hot in here or is it just me?, 2019, Beautiful Cadaver Project.
In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights, human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, 2013.
The Visitors, Cinnamon Press, 2010.
Glimmer, Cinnamon Press, 2010.
The Sandhopper Lover, Cinnamon Press, 2009.
Gathering Diamonds, New Gallery Press, 2007.
Only Connect, Cinnamon Press, 2007.
Writes for Women, Word for Word, 2003, (pamphlet).
Life, Death, Sex & Chocolate, New Gallery Press, 2002.
Into The Empty Space, New Gallery Press, 1999.
Scribes and Passions, New Gallery Press, 1998.