Mariah was born in Oxford in 1986. She studied English at Queen’s University, Belfast before completing an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University. She has lived in Japan and Spain and is currently based in the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she was awarded a scholarship to write poems and research trauma in contemporary Irish fiction.
Mariah’s writing has been published in The Open Ear, The Irish Literary Review, Cadaverine, Ash, been digitalised in The Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive and anthologised in Rebel Poetry Ireland’s Fathers and What Must be Said and Tidelines from Queen’s University Belfast.
Her master’s thesis, a novel-in-sonnets titled City of Rivers, has been shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize, won the AM Heath Prize and individual poems were shortlisted for The Bridport Prize.
Mariah is currently Director of Oxford Writers’ House, a hub connecting writers across Oxford’s literary communities.