Place of birth
United Kingdom
Place of residence
United Kingdom

Marvin Thompson

Short biography
Marvin Thompson is the winner of the 2021 UK poetry prize.
Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now teaches English in mountainous south Wales. He has an MA in Creative Writing and was one of three poets selected by Nine Arches Press for the Primers 2 mentoring scheme.

Read The Guardian's report on Marvin Thompson's UK Poem of the year here
Reviewers of the Primers 2 anthology described his work as ‘exciting,’ ‘dramatic’ and ‘a virtuoso performance.’ Other publication credits include: The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Red (an anthology of poems by Peepal Tree Press). In 2017, Marvin Thompson won third place in Ambit Magazine’s international poetry competition. In 2019, his magical-realist war poem, ‘The Many Reincarnations of Gerald, Oswald Archibald Thompson’ was submitted by Long Poem Magazine for the Forward Prize for Best Poem.