Theophina is a writer, essayist, avid lilaphile and award-winning published poet. Her main interests are centred on Black British culture with a particular focus on Black fiction, and Black women within the LGBTQ+ community.
A previous Foyles Young Poet, her writing has appeared in various mediums from BBC digital content commissions to freelance articles in The Bookseller, and radio poetry features. Her poetry has been adapted for short films and used for teaching in universities and schools in the UK and US. She has been hosted on industry panels, selected for poetry residentials, delivered creative workshops and given live readings and performances of her work in Oxford, London and Slough.
Theophina holds a BA in Philosophy & Theology from the University of Oxford, where she founded the award-winning independent publication for Black creatives, Onyx Magazine. In 2018, she was also the recipient of the Rare Rising Stars Award; an award for the UK's top 10 outstanding Black students. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Vogue New Talent Competition under the New Writing Category.
After graduating, Theophina worked in publishing at Penguin Random House with Stormzy's imprint #Merky Books before leaving publishing to pursue her own creative career. She now works as a published essayist and poet, freelance artist and Editor-in-chief of Onyx. Her creative mediums span writing, dance, short film, piano and mixed media artwork.