As a child growing up in what is now Zimbabwe, Marian Christie was drawn both to the arts and to the sciences, in particular to poetry and to mathematics. She wrote poetry as a teenager, finding inspiration in the richly varied landscape of southern Africa.
Eventually she opted to study applied mathematics and went on to teach at schools in the Middle East and Scotland before moving to Kent, where she now lives. In 2019 she completed a Master’s degree in creative writing with the Open University.
She has long been conscious of the poetry of mathematics: its ability to express complex ideas elegantly and succinctly, its exploitation of patterns to infer deep connections between seemingly unrelated fields, its use of abstract forms to convey profound insights into universal interactions. Inspired by the works of mathematician-poets such as Sarah Glaz and JoAnne Growney, in recent years she has begun to explore mathematical poetry. Her work frequently interweaves mathematical imagery with everyday experience, at times explicitly, at times more obliquely.
Her poetry has been published in, among others, 192 magazine, Allegro Poetry, Amethyst Review, As Above So Below, Black Bough Poetry, Consilience, Dust Poetry, The Ekphrastic Review, The Fib Review and The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, and in print in The Stony Thursday Book, Pushing out the Boat and the anthology Myth and Metamorphosis (Penteract Press). Four of her poems have been published in The Bridges 2020 anthology of mathematical poetry.
Marian is on Twitter @marian_v_o.