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Carmina Masoliver is a writer from southwest London. She has been writing and performing poetry since 2006, with feature sets in London, Norwich and UK festivals. Her work has been published in various magazines and anthologies, both in print and online. She has written articles and reviews for Zukuri UnLtd, Hand + Star and Apples & Snakes.

Carmina is the creator of She Grrrowls – a night showcasing talented women within the arts. She features poetry, comedy and music and welcomes audience members to join in the open mic’. It takes places every third Monday at The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green.

She Grrrowls LogoShe graduated in English Literature at University of East Anglia in 2011. She has since graduated from an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship with Distinction. This saw her putting together a collection of illustrated poetry and managing her first solo event, which featured Rosy Carrick and Catherine Woodward

An Academic Mentor at a secondary school, Carmina is the key teacher for the ‘Hidden Leaders’ project for girls. She plans to set up a weekly creative writing workshop from September 2014. She worked alongside Ross Sutherland in Cambridge to facilitate workshops with school children as part of ‘Shake the Dust’ – a national poetry slam project. Most recently, she also worked with Michael Rosen and Niall O’Sullivan with primary school children as part of the Poetry Potting Shed.

In 2013 Carmina performed at Larmer Tree Festival and as part of the current Roundhouse Poetry Collective at The Last Word Festival. She was also in the final 20 to become the Young Poet Laureate for London and is now a member of the Podium Poets collective, who will be launching their digital anthology in 2014.

poetryandpaintAdditionally, she is part of  the Burn After Reading collective, which runs events every first Friday at The Gallery Cafe.Carmina is also the editor of the anthology Poetry&Paint, an anthology exploring the relationships between words and visual art, published twice a year.

Her work is due to be published in the ‘Intros’ series by Nasty Little Press in July 2014. This year she hopes to put into motion ambitions to write a novel, as well as a non-fiction text. You will find her performing at Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Bestival in the summer of 2014.