A poet and artist, Maria Isakova Bennett lives in Liverpool.

Her writing has been published across the UK and Ireland and she has received prizes, been placed and shortlisted in international poetry competitions. She was the recipient of a Northern Writers' Award for poetry in 2017 and in November 2018 was Poet and Artist-in-Residence at Poetry in Aldeburgh. She has two pamphlets: Caveat (Poetry Bus, 2016) and All of the Spaces (Eyewear, 2018).

In August 2017 she launchd the handmade poetry journal Coast to Coast to Coast, publishing work by almost 100 writers in 600 hand-stitched journals across seven issues. Through the initiative, she has launched individual poet journals, led collaborative cross-disciplinary projects and has hosted readings at sites of architectural and cultural interest.

Following post-graduate studies in Art History, Fine Art and Education, she was awarded a distinction MA in Creative Writing in 2012.


“This is the sort of poetry that gives poetry a good name.”


“Maria Isakova Bennett’s poems are otherworldly. They take you into a dream-space that is rich with emotion – into landscapes that are so close you can taste them. But there is always an agreeable tease – nothing is settled, everything unravels, there is always more to the story.”

Bill Greenwell


Published Work

‘Fairy Glen, Sefton Park, Liverpool’
– Boyne Berries 25, March 2019

‘For my Father, dancing’
– Crannóg 50, March 2019

‘Last Trip’
– Wolf Anthology, January 2019

‘In her mind’
– GASP (Poetry School), October 2018

– GASP (Poetry School), October 2018

– Poetry Ireland Review, September 2018

– Southword 34, June 2018

‘Composition in Blue I’
– The Interpreter’s House 68, February 2018

‘It was Sunday night’
– The Poetry Village, March 2018

‘Morning Room’
– Crannóg 47, February 2018

‘Evening Came, the 16th Day’
– The Manchester Review

‘The Ferry on the Mersey’
– Commissioned by The BBC for National Poetry Day

– Southword, September 2017

– Strix 2, Winter 2017

‘Release Date’
– Southword, June 2017

‘Ward 3b, Liverpool Women’s Hospital’
– Crannóg, March 2017

‘Et Spiritus’
– Pre-Raphaelite Review, February 2016

‘Where the river meets the sea’
– Abridged, January 2016

– Boyne Berries, January 2016

‘Samuel Isakovich’

‘Transparency (Mira Schendel)’
– Honest Ulsterman

Awards, Competitions and Residences