Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December


This year, the 4th “Patras World Poetry Festival” boasts a variety of original literary events taking place between the 13th and 19th of December 2021, hosting a total of 70 poets from 20 different countries.

The occasion of a calendar year combining on one hand the memory of the Greek people’s fight for freedom, and on the other hand the contemporary experience of confinement, led us to this year’s thematic center: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”. We bring novel aims and ideas, along with a greater and more essential need for expression, synergy and communication.

For 2021, the festival’s programme will be extended from 4 days to 7, hosting a multitude of events for audiences and participants both Greek and foreign, raising the bar and aiming to establish a tradition of cultural celebration.

This year too, for its most part, the Festival will be held online, a blended programme combining physical and online activities as adjusted to Covid-19 regulations, in a shifting terrain of cultural events during the pandemic.

The events of the week’s programme will take place in three (3) different places in Patras, each one of them a space for hosting cultural events. The events will be broadcasted ONLINE on the website including both main and side events:

Main Events:

  • 15th-18th December 2021

Five (5) Online Poetry Meetings including Readings and Roundtables: There will be lecterns where the guest poets will be presented; their works will be read (in 2 languages). The guest poets will also participate in the roundtables and discuss topics revolving around poetry and criticism.

  • 18th December 2021

Online Award Ceremony for the Greek “Jean Moréas” Poetry Award for 2021: The annual ceremony for the “Jean Moréas” Awards for Greek poetic art and production in its entire spectrum.

  • 16th December 2021

Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.

Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)

  • Festival Anthology: Limited trilingual book edition plus eBook.
  • Online shows:
  • #meet_the_poets: tributes and interviews online at the channel.
  • #videopoetry: presentation of video-poetry online.
  • Poetry Set to Singing: music radio tributes to poetry set to singing.
  • Exhibitions:
  • Poetry exhibition: presenting the works of poetry
  • Book exhibition of Newcomer Poets: presenting poetry collection books from new poets; participation from established poets and publishing houses.
  • Poetry Alley: Presentation of poets and poems (the ones participating in the festival) on a central pedestrian precinct of Patras.

During both the physical and the online events, there will be participation from internationally acclaimed academics, novelists, critics, and representatives of institutions.

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2021 is organized by the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Foundation, the literary website Culture Book (, while it is annually held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. The festival’s events are supported by the Greek Library of London, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other esteemed institutions, since the festival takes place under the aegis of the Hellenic Republic’s President.

The Patras World Poetry Festival is one of the largest literary institutions in Greece, certainly the largest of its whole region, and it has already drawn attention amongst esteemed festivals internationally. Every year, the city of Patras hosts important figures of world literature and offers a richness of events, including poetry readings, seminars and cultural activities. The festival’s vision is to promote Greek literary expression worldwide and turn this capital of Western Greece into a European center for literary studies. Through its actions, the festival communicates with various departments of Greek literary studies all over the world and it chronicles contemporary poetic expression.

A detailed programme will soon be posted on the festival’s website


On behalf of the Scholarly Representatives

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos

Chair of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis

Chair of the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Fountation



Maria Alaniadi


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Ana Arzoumanian, Argentina


 Ana Arzoumanian, Argentina

The Poems

She, the never daughter/ Ella, la nunca hija

Poem 1

She didn't speak
for a few days,
nothing to voice;
petrified in her throat
a squeezed flow of ants,
an accumulation of ropes,
columns of fume
sticky with insects,
a packed heap of cloths
in her throat yard,
where she keeps
a numb rusty water,
in that bowl, there,
atrophy of heartbeat,
not in verse
her fear.

No habló
durante algunos días,
no tenía nada que decir;
petrificada en su garganta
una afluencia estrujada de hormigas,
un amontonamiento de sogas,
volutas de un humo
pegoteado de insectos,
de bichos raros,
un pilón abarrotado de trapos
en el corralón de su garganta,
allí donde ella guarda
un agua entumecida, oxidada,
en esa palangana, ahí,
la atrofia del latido,
lo no versificado
de su miedo.

Poem 2

The wrong thing with her was
she breathed through the wound,
that blind injured
dot of skin, the hairy
tow of her pelvis.
A whiff delves in the bends
and only the delay, the elusive
desertion of battles,
nothing else is felt.
The wrong thing with her was
that a crammed
thickness of thirst
touched her living part.
And there, in the pettiness,
in the mere nothing of safeguarding,
it's tense every moment
when she in vain shuts
the sore place.

Lo malo en ella era
que respiraba por la herida,
ese punto ciego
llagado de la piel, la estopa
pelviana de sus pelos.
Un soplido hurga en los recodos
y salvo el retardo, la esquiva
deserción de las batallas,
nada se deja sentir.
Lo malo en ella era
que un grosor
amontonado de la sed
la tocaba en lo vivo.
Y ahí, en la pequeñez,
en la nonada del resguardo,
es tieso cada instante
en el que ella cierra en falso
la rozadura.

The Poet

Ana Arzoumanian: She was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. She is a lawyer, writer and translator. She has completed a posgraduate course on Psychoanalisis at Escuela de Orientación Lacaniana. She was Professor of Philosophy of Law at Universidad del Salvador, Professor at Tres de Febrero University and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales both on Creative Writing. She is now editor in chief of Canoa Literary Collection of Poliedro magazine, San Isidro University. She has published poetry books: Labios, Debajo de la piedra, El ahogadero, Cuando todo acabe todo acabará, Káukasos, La Jesenská, the novels: La mujer de ellos, Mar Negro, the stories: La granada, Mía, Juana I, Del vodka hecho con moras, Infieles, essays: El depósito humano: una geografía de la desaparición; Hacer violencia. El régimen insurrecto en el arte, La guerra es un verbo.

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