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The Mark of Time on the Body



Dialectic interactions between seven poets on time, friendship and the body


Ushering in the second decade of the “Words (can) do it” series of poetry evenings, founder and curator Panayotis Ioannidis gives carte blanche to four key contributors of the series to date—poets and translators—to curate five of the year’s six events. This February’s event is curated by poet and translator Katerina Iliopoulou.

Τhis meeting brings together seven poets who share a bond of friendship and a history of cooperation for a poetic relay race that seeks the points of intersection and convergence of poems that talk about time and body. This theme foregrounds existential concerns stemming from the questions "Who am I?" and "What am I?", questions which often poetry often poses, in contrast to the self-affirmation that the demands of everyday life require. This evening’s poems portray how human life is inscribed in poetry and allow us to discern how the untouched, elusive, unspoken, and painful material of experience is transformed into words.

Participating in the event are Vassilis Amanatidis, Orpheas Apergis, Phoebe Giannisi, Katerina Iliopoulou, Panagiotis Ioannidis, Gianna Boukova and Thodoris Chiotis whilst Giannis Isidorou intervenes with visual art videos.

Katerina Iliopoulou is a poet and translator. She has published four books of poetry: Mr. Tau (2007, Award for Best New Writer, “Diavazo” magazine), Asylum (2008), The Book of Soil (2011, Nominated for the Poetry Award of “Anagnostis” magazine) and Once every Landscape and in full (2015, Nominated for the Poetry Award of "Anagnostis" magazine) by Melani Publications, a book with poetry and photography in collaboration with Giannis Isidorou (Gestus, 2014, FRMK Publications) and the collection of short stories It is not yet (Melani Publications, 2019). She has edited and participated in two collective books of essays, A Discussion on Poetry Now (2018) and What Art Teaches Us (2020), both published by FRMK Publications.  She has also translated the work of Sylvia Plath and Walt Whitman (in collaboration with Eleni Iliopoulou: Ariel, Melani Publications, 2012, and Poems, Kedros, 2003; Grass Leaves, 2019), as well as many other contemporary English poets (Mina Loy, Robert Hass, Ted Hughes, et al.). Since 2007, she has co-organized and edited a series of works that combine poetry with visual arts and performance, seeking a different relationship with the public space and the public.

She has participated in many international poetry festivals, as well as translation and writing conferences. Her poems have been translated into ten languages ​​and included in magazines and anthologies. She also publishes essays and poetry reviews; since 2008, she has edited the bilingual website for contemporary Greek poetry "greekpoetrynow"; In 2013 she became the director of the semi-annual magazine "[FRMK]" for poetry and art at the State Literature Awards, 2017), a post she continues to hold. From 2015 to 2019, she collaborated with the Cavafy Archive of the Onassis Foundation on a project to teach Cavafy in public schools, while from 2017 to 2020 she also curated the Young Writers Festival at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair, organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

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