Greek American Writers' Night

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 19:30

Please join us for a second Greek American Writers' Night  at the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, at SF State University.

Wednesday evening, Nov. 19, 7:30 pm, HUM 119. This special gathering of writers was part of the Center's celebration of International Education Week.

Featured guest writers, who read from their work, included:

1) Katie Aliferis
2) Georgia Kolias
3) Eleni Stecopoulos
4) Alexandra Kostoulas
5) Lydia Athanasopoulou
6) Apollo Papafrangou
7) Helen Klonaris
8) Nick Mamatas

BIOS:

1) Katie Aliferis
Katie Aliferis is a poet and writer from San Francisco whose Pro-Papou came to America in 1906 from Areopolis, Greece.

2) Georgia Kolias

Georgia Kolias is an Oakland-based writer currently shopping her Greek American food novel, The Feasting Virgin. She is also seeking publication for her book of poetry, “The Motherland,” and has published essays in the Advocate.com<http://advocate.com/>, The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, and When Women Waken. She holds an MFA from SFSU in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Modern Greek Literature.

3) Eleni Stecopoulos
Eleni Stecopoulos is the author of Visceral Poetics (forthcoming from ON Contemporary Practice), Daphnephoria (Compline, 2012),  and Armies of Compassion (Palm Press, 2010). She curated an award-winning program series on "The Poetics of Healing" for the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, and is finishing a related book of poetic essays called Dreaming in the Fault Zone. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

4) Alexandra Kostoulas
Alexandra Kostoulas is a poet, fiction writer and journalist. She has been nominated for awards in poetry, fiction and journalism, and has won a few. She teaches English at Academy of Art University and runs a creative writing workshops in San Francisco called The Jack Grapes’ METHOD WRITING Program at methodwritingsf.com <http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmethodwritingsf.com%2F&h=cAQHw2-lV&enc=AZPi_zE60ovUUhS9PQKtTAH4aA-N3t5P-pFxPXlBWoxud5Eh4HF6FunoZGpJ0K-YuxioTEUvf1eeTcqmb3ISTre007Bpv2wk6aSnfkvrSQsYESefQUv4Ze9TVpHNHWoayGXNBPh8b69hIL-V69mGkllY&s=1>  She is the author of the novel-in-progress, Persephone Stolen, which weaves in tales of the Persephone myth, the immigrant experience and stolen artifacts.

5) Lydia Athanasopoulou
Lydia Athanasopoulou, graduated journalism in 2008, attended creative writing seminars and actively participated in the punk scene in Athens, Greece before moving to San Francisco in 2012 to become editor-in-chief at Maximum Rocknroll music magazine.

6) Apollo Papafrangou
Oakland native Apollo Papafrangou is a 2010 graduate of the Mills College Creative Writing MFA program, and an author of novels, short stories, and poems.

7) Helen Klonaris

Helen Klonaris is a Greek Bahamian American writer living in the Bay Area, California, where she teaches creative writing and mythology. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Writing the Walls Down, and has been published in numerous journals including SX Salon, The Caribbean Writer, Poui, ProudFlesh, and Calyx, and several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. She was shortlisted for her story “Cowboy” in the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and is working on the completion of her debut collection of short stories, The Lovers.

8) Nick Mamatas
Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Love is the Law and the Last Weekend. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, New Haven Review, and many other magazines and journals. He teaches creative writing in Berkeley at the Writing Salon, online at LitReactor.com<http://litreactor.com/>, and occasionally on the East Coast as part of Western Connecticut State University's low-residency MFA program in professional writing. His collection of Lovecraftian horror/fantasy fiction, The Nickronomicon, is forthcoming this fall.

For more information, please call (415) 338-1892 or email: <modgreek@sfsu.edu>

 

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