Maria Straw-Cinar is a poet, writer, actress and teacher. After completing a Theatre and Drama degree at Warwick University, she studied acting for a further year at postgraduate level. Later she attended Central School of Speech and Drama.
She wrote and produced her first play Deserted at The North Pole Theatre Greenwich in 1996.She then became artistic director of Praxis Theatre Laboratory touring venues across Ireland. Subsequently, she has worked as a writer, actress and teacher across Spain, Ireland, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Prague.
In 2009 her debut novella was short- listed by Cinnamon Press. In 2016 she published a poetry collection Flamenco with Lulu Press, and her play, Vinegar Alley was long-listed for the Papatango Writing Prize 2016.
Her poetry has appeared in Canadian online press fleasonthedog, The Ekphrastic Review and the Light Ekphrastic. She has performed at the Poetry Cafe in London and is a member of the Ledbury Community Poets group. In 2019 she was nominated for the Ted Hughes poetry award for innovation in poetry curating her own exhibition, Afeto inspired by Cape Verdean artist Lito Silva.Readings can be found on her Facebook page Poetry Live Maria Straw-Cinar http://www.facebook.com/mariastrawcinar. She is currently a Doctorate researcher at De Montfort University working on a practice-based Phd in screenwriting developing an interactive T.V Drama, Queer Women of the Left Bank, about Natalie Barney and the female artists and writers living in Paris in the 20’s.
Her genre-bending, ‘earth-shattering’ debut novel Girl was published in 2020 by Chaffinch Press.