Marina Alefosio is a New Zealand born Samoan mother, spoken word artist and facilitator based in South Auckland. She has been a member of the South Auckland Poets Collective since 2010 and the Rising Voices youth poetry movement since 2011. She was a semi-finalist at Rising Voices 2012, runner up at Poetry Idol 2013 and regularly hosts Stand Up Poetry open mic at various venues throughout South Auckland.
She is passionate about growing the spoken word community within New Zealand and has performed at various venues and events including TedX Auckland, Leadership New Zealand, Nuyorican Poets Café New York and recently, the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.
Marina’s role in the Express Yourself program is to facilitate poetry and performance based exercises to help inspire and enable participants to write, create and perform freely in a safe and empowering environment.