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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Liana Sakelliou, Greece


Liana Sakelliou, Greece

The Poems

The Experience of Love

He drinks her in
and feels
the buzzing in her veins

while muzzles
search for the taste of the wild
the shiver—

he drinks her
and she feels
a fountain welling up

snow melts
compressed metals flow

then a shallow pool
and after

the mirage
     the perfect consummation—
tongues of narcissi, flowing juices

in themselves.

(Translator: Don Schofield)

* * * 

With a View of the Sea

The house is draped, inside and out, in black—
his lanky body fills the dining room,
and she, who knew she loved him,
knew they would always be happy together,
is slamming the chairs loudly,
stomping the floorboards. Just then
an intangible enormity sails free
from his dead body,
passing into the rhythm of the sea.

Air comes in.
                       Goes out.
That's a breath.

In  out
           one breath

in  out
           two breaths

in  out

in out outout

The Poet

Born in Athens, Greece, Liana Sakelliou studied English at the University of Athens Edinburgh, Essex, and The Pennsylvania State University. She is Professor in American Poetry and Creative Writing at The University of Athens. Her 20 books with poems, scholarly articles, essays, and translations have been widely published in Greece, France, Romania, and the U.S.A. For her academic and creative writing work she received two Fulbright awards, and grants from Princeton University, University of Coimbra, University of Sussex, and The British Council. She served as President for the European Prize for Literature (EUPL) in 2017 and in 2018, and as Member of the Board of the Hellenic Authors' Society (2015-2017). Her poems have appeared in several international anthologies, as well as in many journals, and have been translated into ten languages.


Η Λιάνα Σακελλίου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα και σπούδασε Αγγλική Φιλολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών στη Βρετανία και την Αμερική. Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει 20 βιβλία της με ποιήματα, δοκίμια, άρθρα και μεταφράσεις στην Ελλάδα, τη Γαλλία, τη Ρουμανία, και τις ΗΠΑ. Είναι καθηγήτρια δημιουργικής γραφής και αμερικανικής λογοτεχνίας στο ΤΑΓΦ του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Για τις επιστημονικές, συγγραφικές και μεταφραστικές της δραστηριότητες έλαβε υποτροφίες από το Ίδρυμα Φουλμπράιτ, από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Πρίνστον, της Κοίμπρα, του Σάσσεξ και από το Βρετανικό Συμβούλιο. Διετέλεσε Πρόεδρος της ευρωπαϊκής και της ελληνικής Επιτροπής των Ειδικών για το Βραβείο της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης EUPL το 2017 και το 2018, και μέλος του ΔΣ της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων (2015-2017). Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφραστεί σε δέκα γλώσσες και εμφανιστεί σε διεθνή περιοδικά καθώς και σε ανθολογίες.

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
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