Pavlina Marvin

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Pavlina Marvin was born in Athens in 1987 but grew up in Hermoupolis of Syros. She studied Ηistory at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She completed her PhD thesis on Greek national book policy (2023). She studied Directing at the National Theatre of Greece (2020-2023). She was a co-publisher and co-editor of Teflon poetry magazine (2008-2011). She studied poetry in the biennial workshop of the Takis Sinopoulos Foundation (2007-2009). Her first book, “Stories from all around my world” was published by Kichli Publishing (2017) and was awarded by the Hellenic Authors Association with the prize «Yannis Varveris». She is a member of Book History Lab (BHL, National and KapodistrianUniversity of Athens). She worked as a research historian, author, performer, director, team animator, translator and coordinator of international book fairs in several countries around the world. As a writer and performer, she has been invited to participate in a range of interdisciplinary arts projects and festivals, in Greece and abroad. Part of her work has been translated in English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, Bengali, Latvian, Finnish and Serbo-Croatian.



Stories from all around my world (Kichli Publishing, 2017)

Miracles at Polyphemus | Turn off the lighthouses for Ivan Ismailovic  (Kichli Publishing, 2022)


Literary Activities 

“80 years ago – 80 years from now”, performance, Vanessa Kisuule & Pavlina Marvin (British  Council, Athens 2019)

 Playing with Homer’s “Odyssey” (2h experimental workshop for children 8-12 years, Embassy of Greece in Beijing, August 2019)

 “Verge” – Poets’ Agora annual event. Yiannis Doukas, Pavlina Marvin, Alicia Stallings (Poets Agora, Athens 2019)

 Bio-mechanical poetry festival (Chalkida, July 2018)

 International Video Poetry Festival (Empros Theater, Athens, December 2018)

 Entefktirio Literary Festival (Thessaloniki, December 2018)

 Poetry on Stage (University of Brighton, April 2019)

SARDAM (Cuprus 2020, Athens 2020)

Punctum Festival (Riga, August 2021)

History of the labyrinth, performance at Tinos International Poetry Festival (Τinos, 2022)


Performances and Freedom of Speech Activities

Performance «Prostibulo Poetico» (Embros Theater, February 2013)

Performance «Greek women poets during the 20th century» (Thervantes Institute, March 2013, Festival «Grito de Mujer»)

H άνθρωπος / Ι anthropos (Gender and Literature, Performance Festival, Thessaloniki International Book Fair, May 2019)

Imagine all the people (writing groups and presentations with young migrants and refugees, PavlinaMarvin & Eleni Soukouroglou, Thessaloniki International Book Fair, May 2019)

Turn off the lighthouses for Ivan Ismailovic (videopoems, produced by Tria Kitra & Antigone Davaki, performed in several stages and festivals, 2018-2019)

Talking about Ithacas – C.P.Cavafy between Greece and China (Pavlina Marvin & Que Jianrong, Bookworm Bookshop, Beijing, August 2019)

A coat with all its flowers (Goethe Institut, Poetries of Life, Time to Listen, 2020 )

Womanifesto (film-manifesto I & ΙΙ by Efi Spyrou, 2021)

Mauve Medusas Inerdisciplinary Festival for Literature and Gender (Athens, 2023)



Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry (ed. by Karen Van Dyck, Penguin 2016)

Kleine Tiere zum Schlachten (ed. by Adrian Kasnitz, Parassitenpresse 2017)

Dichtung mit Biss (ed. by Maria Topali and Torsten Israel, Romiosini 2018)

Viaggio Nella Poesia greca contemporanea | Ποίηση (ed. by Massimo Cazzulo, ETPbooks 2020)

Poete del Mediteraneo (ed. by Francesca Zaccone, 2021)

Aurinkokello  (ed. By Riika P.Pulkkinen and Athina Rossoglu, Enostone Kustannus 2022)



2018 “Yannis Varveris” prize by Hellenic Authors Association

2017- Al -Azhar’s University Award for Young Greek Authors

Pavlina Marvin was quite well known and loved for her poetry, several years before her first book came out. Born in Athens but raised on Syros – her father’s Island – she has island blood from her Cypriot mother too. It may therefore not be entirely coincidental that her extended family (biological or devised) and a rich web of places (visited in the real or the imagined life) figure in many of her poems, prosepoems, and short prose pieces that make up her debut, Stories from all over my World [Istories ap’ olon ton Kosmo mou] (Kichli Publications, 2017), which won her the Greek Writers’ Society Yannis Varveris Award for a poetry debut in 2018. In this book, her gift and love for storytelling (which she has also studied as a performing art) are apparent throughout, not least in the poem presented here, as are her othervirtues: a fearless handling of emotions, never veering into sentimentality; plot and language inventiveness; use of the telling detail. These characteristics are given a further twist in her second book, in which she wisely decided to limit herself in both form (a cycle of sonnets) and ‘place’ (about the tenants of ‘her’ block of flats) (Panayotis Ioannidis,


Pavlina Marvin’s topical, close-to-the-bone work is now being recognized by the mainstream, but she began very much as an outsider and one of the girl gang who created Teflon. Born in Athens, she grew up in the city of Hermoupolis on the island of Syros. Her poems, book reviews, and short stories have been published extensively in print and online. (Karen Van Dyck, Austerity Measures)


Her first writing venture, Stories from all around my world, is “a book about the art of saying goodbye to time, to bodies, to the real, to ourselves”, “a book that wonders about the usefulness of the absurd”. Asked about “Teflon”, a poetry magazine she co-published, she explains that “it dealt unprecedentedly with issues that seems to have been up to that time of no interest to the literary community in Greece”, while “it re-approached issues from the viewpoint of a new generation which carried its own expressive particularities, reversals and concerns”.


As for the National Book Center of Greece, her doctoral thesis focuses upon, she comments that “EKEBI dealt with numerous important issues, most of which remain widely unknown”, adding that in her opinion, “there has been no national policy for the book, in the sense of setting mid- and long-tern strategic goals and developing relevant investments”. She concludes that “in every age there are remarkable poems and noteworthy poetic actions”, and that poetic creating is “a thread that links both the perceptible and the imperceptible, the real and unreal levels of this wonder that we call ‘life’”. (Athina Rossoglou, Reading Greece|Greek News Agenda)