Trino Cruz, born in Gibraltar in 1960, is a bilingual writer and translator. He grew up in the Straits region, between Gibraltar, Morocco and Spain, an upbriging which has deeply influenced his personal vision of the Mediterrranean as an inexhaustible crossroads connecting with even the most remote corners of our planet and memory.

After pursuing his studies in Marine Biology and Medical Research at the Universities of Liverpool and London, Trino embarked on a career in the financial industry for over 30 years before dedicating himself fully to writing and other cultural activities.

His writing arises from the periphery of a fertile shore and is driven by a deep conviction that barriers in culture must be overcome by fostering a dynamics of exchange and collaboration between communities, wherever they may be. The underlying common ground needs to be uncovered and enriched each and every day, lest we allow other forces to pull us apart.

He is currently involved in a number of regional cultural initiatives, and is on the editorial board of SureS, a literary journal published in Tangier (Morocco) and revista Banipal, the Spanish edition of this journal.

He has published several collections of poetry including Lecturas del espacio profanado (1992) and Rihla (2003). Memoria del Polizón, a comprehensive collection of his writings to date in Spanish will be published soon. He has collaborated in numerous translations of Arabic and French poetry to Spanish. He has read his poetry in venues and poetry festivals in Spain, Morocco and South America.

He was the Guest Writer in Banipal 70 (Spring 2021), with selected poems from A Fertile Shore.

He reviewed Poems of Alexandria and New York by Ahmed Morsi, translated by Raphael Cohen (Banipal Books, September 2021) in Banipal 72 – Iraqi Jewish Writers, and In Banipal 71 (Summer 2021) he reviewed Exhausted on the Cross: Poems by Najwan Darwish, translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid.


Contributor's Issues

Banipal 70 - Mahmoud Shukair, Writing Jerusalem (Spring 2021)

Banipal 72 - Iraqi Jewish Writers (Autumn-Winter 2021)

Banipal 71 - Salutes Ihsan Abdel Kouddous (Summer 2021)

Banipal 75 - Celebrating 25 Years of Arab Literature