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Award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. Published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. My work has won prizes and commendations in various international competitions: among others, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition (Ireland) and the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition at the University of Maine at Machias, USA. In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), I have had work published online and in journals internationally. My work was included in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and in the poetry anthology Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Girl, Wolf, Bones – a new book of fairy tale inspired microfiction – was published in 2011.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Laziness, Part 2 (Or Tiny Things)

Laziness continues, but in between, I've been doing tiny bits of writing - some of it good, I hasten to add. I've been told the best things I write are minimalist.

Good news, too, recently:

1. My writing will be in "140 And Counting", an anthology of twitter literature. More info here.
2. I wrote a tiny "book" made up of twenty "chapters" of twenty word sentences. It's a love story entitled "Twenty Days in Torino". I loved writing it... and I'm delighted that it's going to be published as a little chapbook by Twenty20. More details to follow...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Laziness and Parcels

Ok, so I've been lazy. Not totally, but lazy enough not to do any writing, blogging, even editing in the past few ...er...weeks (I almost said months). I blame it all on the Cyprus heat. I can't concentrate. It's just too much.

But a couple of fantastic things have finally happened:

Last week I received my stunningly beautiful contributor's copy of   :etchings 9: Love & Something  from Ilura Press (Australia). Wow! Wow! Wow! Many thanks to editor Sabina Hopfer, and to fiction editor Glenys Osborne, for including my story "Kafkaesque" in this impressive publication. I am truly honoured.

A few days ago I also received my first copies of "Girl, Wolf, Bones" from Jessi Graustein of Folded Word. The signature edition is absolutelyTREMENDOUS! I am thrilled to see my little stories finally out and winging themselves to unexpected places around the globe.

I'm off to have a lemonade - and maybe write a sentence or two...

A presto! ( as an Italian friend of mine would say... )