Sarah Mnatzaganian studied English Literature and Byzantine History of Art and worked as a teacher and freelance journalist before co-founding a specialist cello business with her luthier husband in Ely and raising their two children.
Highly commended in the 2019 Mslexia/Poetry Book Society pamphlet competition and shortlisted for the Poetry Business pamphlet competition 2016/17, her poems have been published in PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Under the Radar, The Rialto, Poetry News, Poetry Wales, Magma, The North, Pennine Platform, Fenland Reed, London Grip, Atrium, Spelt, Poems In the Waiting Room and a series of anthologies.
Her poem, Egg Time was a winner in the Poetry Society’s Winter 2020 members’ competition on the theme of ‘Youth’. In 2021 her poem ‘Somerset Soundtrack was awarded first prize in the Spelt competition judged by Maggie Harris. Her debut pamphlet, Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter, won ‘Best Poetry Pamphlet’ in the 2022 Saboteur Awards. In May 2024 a limited edition journal of cello themed love poems entitled ‘Slow Movement’ will be published by Coast to Coast to Coast. More news on this project will be posted in the coming months.
‘The Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska sums up thus the qualities that characterise a talented poet: “A genuine sense for what’s better or worse aesthetically, what’s more or less important, what works, or doesn’t, and why”. Sarah Mnatzaganian has all of that. It has been a pleasure, over the last few years, to see her develop from a promising poet into a very accomplished one.’