Marina’s love of the written word is apparent in her professional pursuits and personal interests. As a writer and editor for culture magazines and blogs, she reports on fashion, design, literature, and architecture. She has worked in art book publishing for Harry N. Abrams, Rizzoli, Gregory R. Miller and in PR for the prestigious Nadine Johnson and Associates. Writing poetry is her life’s passion and she creates public poetry campaigns in the forms of flyers, posters, and art exhibits. She says her blog Pairs of Chairs is a good indication of her melding journalism and poetry.
Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, CA
Parents: My mother is from Juarez, Chihuahua and my father is a Chicano from Northern California.
When did you move to NYC and why?
October of 2005, as soon as I submitted my master’s thesis in writing I was on a plane to NYC. San Francisco was starting to feel like a small pond.
Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
L.E.S. I am prone to rowdiness and social enclaves.
A New York moment:
My first year in NYC I assisted one of my favorite poets, Cecila Vicuña on an anthology of Latin American poetry for Oxford University Press. I thought I had died and gone to heaven for sure.
How do you keep it Mex in the City?
By creating this blog, where we can celebrate our culture, identity, and experience as a collective. Though on the regular, you can find me at La Esquina.
What's your drink of choice?
A margarita made by Felipe Mendez.
Three songs on your mind right now:
TV on the Radio: “Family Tree”, Junior Mafia: “Get Money”, Roberto Carlos: “Amigo”
Favorite Mexican expression:
I know it’s not Mexican per say but I love how much emotion my abuela puts into “ojala”.
Due to my family’s neo-hippy tendencies in the US my last name is Garcia-Vasquez but my Mexican passport reads Vasquez-Garcia in accordance with tradition.