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The Life and Work of Greek Surrealist Nikos Engonopoulos

Greek surrealist painter and poet Nikos Engonopoulos is one of the most well-known modern Greek painters internationally. He was an important figure in the Generation of the 1930s, a prominent group of artists and thinkers in Greece. This group was fascinated...

Guide to the Classics: Sappho, a Poet in Fragments

Sappho sang of desire, passion, and love – mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.  By Marguerite Johnson For those...

Kostas Karyotakis, the Brilliantly Evocative Modern Greek Poet

Kostas Y. Karyotakis, who was born in Tripolis in 1896 and died in Preveza in 1928, is one of the finest modern Greek poets of the 1920s. His poetry has been translated into over thirty languages and he is...

Yannis Ritsos: The Greatest Greek Poet of His Time

When Yannis Ritsos passed away on November 11, 1990, the world of poetry lost one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.

Lafcadio Hearn: The Greek National Poet of Japan

Lafcadio Hearn, a unique figure in international literature, began his life in Greece and spent the rest of his career in Japan.

Greece to Restore Historic Home of National Poet Kostis Palamas

After many years of neglect and dilapidation, the historic home of poet Kostis Palamas in Athens is given a lifeline by the Greek Ministry of Culture. According to a decision on Tuesday, the poet's historic home, located in Plaka, will...

Young Greek Teen Wins International Poetry Competition

A young student from Greece recently won a prestigious international poetry prize in a competition between hundreds of youngsters all around the world. Dimosthenis-Dimitrios Despotidis, an eighth grade student from Campion International School in Athens, won the first prize in...

Greek Theatrical Company In Toronto Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

The popular theater production company Ten Tone, based in Greektown, Toronto is celebrating its fourth birthday this year. Ten Tone, which proves itself on promoting local Greek-Canadian talent, has staged a number of successful performances in the past and has...

Prominent Greek Poet Nanos Valaoritis Dies at 98

Prominent Greek poet and novelist Nanos Valaoritis died on Friday morning at the age of 98. The causes of his death are still unknown. Ioannis (known familiarly to the public as "Nanos") Valaoritis was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in July, 1921. A...

Manolis Aligizakis: The Profile of The Greek Canadian Poet

When it comes to Greek poets, almost every single person knows Constantine P. Cavafy. His iconic poem "Ithaca", for example, is globally known and admired, having been translated not only into English but into many other languages. But what if...