Patras World Poetry Festival

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DECEMBER 10th - 13th  2020 

We would like to inform you that due to the implementation of a new lockdown in our country and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the organizing and scientific committee of the “Jean Moréas International Awards” and the Patras International Poetry Festival postpones the date of the event on December, 10-13 of 2020.

Digital Event

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 this year is entitled "National Poets" and plans to host 60 poets from 15 different countries around the world.

This year the festival  be held online and virtually, as far as COVID-19 impact affects significantly the implementation of this event.

In the four-day online event there will be 6 meetings lasting up to 3 hours, where the guest poets will be presented with readings in 2 languages, via live connection. The events will be attended by invited representatives of institutions and the jury, while the program will include speeches, presentations, tributes, music, etc.

In addition, the following activities will take place within the schedule of the Festival events:

  • online Award of the annual Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" (Saturday December 12th)
  • Art Exhibition "National Poets" with the participation of 20 Greek artists and 10 artists from different countries (live and digital tour)
  • Collectible trilingual edition of the poems of the participants, in the first language of each artist, in Greek and English

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is organized by the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”, the literary website Culture Book ( and the multicultural center Epikentro Plus History & Arts, while every year it is under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. Supporters of the event are the Greek Library of London, the Cultural Center “Kostis Palamas”, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other important institutions, as claimed under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Awarding of Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" for the year 2019

This annual event will be held digitally at one session of the PWPF Poetry Event 2020, with a presentation of the award-winning poets and recitations by them. This is the annual event during which the "Jean Moréas" Prizes are awarded for Greek poetic art and Greek poetic production in its entire range. They are recognizable nationwide and concern the poetry collections that were published throughout the previous calendar year from the year of the award. They refer both to young poets and newcomers and to those who are recognized with their poetic work along time.

The event is highly appreciated by the Greek literary and artistic circle of readers. In this year's event, in addition to the institutionalized awards, a very important foreign poet will be honored, who with his/her lifelong work honors the literature outside Greece.The Award Committee is composed of Greek University professors, as well as very important poets and poetry critics who will evaluate the work of the honorees.


On behalf of the organizing committee.

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Dimitris Athanaselos, Greece

Dimitris Athanaselos, Greece
Dimitris Athanaselos, Greece Anterooms of freedom Without time places The PoemsAnterooms of freedomI was lost in coarse covers, I did not assess correctly the expansion - exploration - of the moment.I was absorbed in strange symmetries of bodies and ...

Nikos Erinakis, Greece

Nikos Erinakis, Greece
Nikos Erinakis, GreeceThe Poems[STILL BAPTIZED]Summer days of two thousand eight A century later;                      Still unemployed From Dalston to Jericho           ...

Eleni Alexiou, Greece

Eleni Alexiou, Greece
Eleni Alexiou, Greece AFTER THE RAIN ESTRUS The PoemsINDOOR VERBS We were startled by how strong old things areevery fault became a jewelWe put on shabby clothes and found something newto dedicate ourselves to. We listened to the rhythmic conversatio...

Giorgos Koutouvelas, Greece

Giorgos Koutouvelas, Greece
Giorgos Koutouvelas, GreeceThe PoemsA FairytaleThe wizard plays the pipe overnight Makes the dog hop up on the tableHe casts a spell and turns it to a dancing snake At dawn The piper falls asleep,leaving the spell unbroken So, the snake crawls under ...

Marouso Athanasiou, Greece

Marouso Athanasiou, Greece
Marouso Athanasiou, Greece OUT OF BREATH AT MY BIRTHPLACE The PoemsOUT OF BREATH AT MY BIRTHPLACEthey used to seal my voice shut with thread and needleplace I'm told is mother boiled downand I'm her and I'm himthe same footfalls transiting the nights...

Nthabiseng JahRose Jafta, South Africa

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Nama Abdelrazig K. Abdalla, Libya

Nama Abdelrazig K. Abdalla, LibyaThe PoemsThe Country's Womb A tear on the country's cheekIs not enoughFor it doesn't grow fear in a heartCured with saltAnd dried with tanoor's* heatLike soft bread.For it doesn't wipe a tattoo offThe forehead of...

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of VenezuelaThe PoemsTINDUF ROSESWe are the root that resistsbelow the sand,tangled in phosphate,impossible to tear from the ground, even if they take everything.We are keeping multiplying everywhereI s...

Ahlam Bsharat, Palestine

Ahlam Bsharat, PalestineThe PoemsI Am Watermelon, I Am LambMy family used me to drink water,they thought I was a tin cup.This goes back to the day I cupped my palm in prayer,and to the times I'd fallen but didn't break.A deep gash in my left leg left...

Ko Un, South Korea

Ko Un, South KoreaThe PoemsThe WhisperRain falls.I sit at my desk.The desk quietly says:Once I was a flower, was a leaf, was a stalk.I was a long root beneath the groundthat stretched as far as yonder desert oasisA scrap of iron on the desk says:I wa...

Barbara Pogačnik, Slovenia

Barbara Pogačnik, SloveniaThe PoemsTO CATCH A TAIL Suddenly, I see a fish behind the wheelof a tram coming towards me. InstantlyI find myself in the driver's seatof my red and green tram. The rusty wheels gurgle brightly, as does the water under the ...

Michalis Papadopoulos, Cyprus

Michalis Papadopoulos, CyprusThe PoemsThe disagreement For Cavafy, for Seferiswe are more or less in agreement   even withwhat they said that you didn't saywith words you put into their mouth    that they didn't speak thoughyou ha...

Andrés Sánchez Robayna, Spain

Andrés Sánchez Robayna, SpainThe PoemsXΙΙΙ  (Hydra.)PASSING once more are the white cloudsin a time when there's no time. This is one hourof time and it's your body and it's the watersglistening under the sun of memory.(translate: Manos Apostoli...

Leopoldo Castilla, Argentina

Leopoldo Castilla, ArgentinaThe PoemsNEVERto Daniel MoyanoIt is the same flythat buzzesthe same summer,the same flickering candle in the bedroomsand in the gallows the thunder;the same child, that man with his wet chestunder the rattled skies.There i...

Rocío Acebal Doval, Spain

Rocío Acebal Doval, SpainThe PoemsIT' IS NOT YOUIt's not habit – that sly milestoneof death-. Neither is itgoing to weddings alone or escapingsome foreignbedroom on Sundays; even less so is it makingdinner for two and dining alone.It's not eventhe lo...

Vladimir Martinovski, Republic of North Macedonia

Vladimir Martinovski, Republic of North Macedonia The PoemsFAMILY PORTRAIT Inspired by a black and white photographfrom the Museum ofPhotography in ParisThe Fatheris missingHe probably neverliked to have his picture taken(or maybe he's hidingbeh...

Kostas Gouliamos, Cyprus

Kostas Gouliamos, CyprusThe PoemsThere are surprises in the air I am considering a more spacious death Like the one your ink is shaping Because the time when planes hung from my neck has passed And I couldn't tell what was hiding behind the machine P...

Giorgos Christodoulides, Cyprus

Giorgos Christodoulides, CyprusThe PoemsRoaming the worldI met the man who remembered everything because he lived in a country without erasers and he was miserable. I met the man who couldn't recall his own name because where he lived Alzheimer's gre...

Ismael Diadié Haidara, Mali

Ismael Diadié Haidara, MaliThe PoemsThessaloniki                    To Edgar MorinAuschwitz is between me and my Jewish memory.I went to Athens and I can see the Parthenon, the theater and far away th...

Teresa Calderón, Chile

Teresa Calderón, ChileThe PoemsOF THE NAMELESS BIRDSAnd tomorrow,tomorrow what will become of the facesI invented to look for me,of the words I couldn´timagine in my presence.Tomorrow, I ask,what will become of the earthwhere the araucaria pines rain...

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