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”

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...

Marija Dejanović, Croatia

Marija Dejanović, CroatiaThe PoemsAubade Aubade is a buffaloIt unwraps its horns like a lotusand water is dew, strewn with a fainttwist of the neck. This mist forms a thindense layer of fur that trails its spinelike a white deer trails trafficwh...

Marco Martos, Peru

Marco Martos, PeruThe PoemsAbraxasAbraxas escapes with time and hurts with the spear of lovewhile he flees.Returns with the flowers, returns with the heat, with the dense trees,he returns with the cold.Returns with the snow, creates the illusion of h...

Paura Rodríguez Leytón, Bolivia

Paura Rodríguez Leytón, BoliviaThe PoemsSmall MovesWill it be incessant forgetfulnesstaking us by the hand,to calculate the chasms?Dwelling in this small spaceis to be a hodgepodge of souls.To hoe and to coverthe hollowwith the same yearningmakes us ...

Ana Arzoumanian, Argentina

 Ana Arzoumanian, Argentina The PoemsShe, the never daughter/ Ella, la nunca hijaPoem 1She didn't speakfor a few days,nothing to voice;petrified in her throata squeezed flow of ants,an accumulation of ropes,columns of fumesticky with insect...

Mai Văn Phấn, Vietnam

Mai Văn Phấn, Vietnam Bitter Potion The PoemsBitter Potion (For Ngọc Trâm)As fever is burning you on its pyreI become ash tooThe bitter potion cannot wait any moreHolding your hand                    ...

Ioana Gruia, Spain

Ioana Gruia, SpainThe PoemsA woman in the sun There is nothing more absolute than a body.I imagine the storyof this naked and pensive womanthat resembles me.She is the lady of loneliness longing fora stormy love, an impetuous seawaythat, at the same ...

Andrés Álvarez Arboleda, Colombia

 Andrés Álvarez Arboleda, Colombia LIKE A WARY BIRD WAR The PoemsTHAT SMELL OF DEAD TREESThat smell of dead trees arrived with midnight: it was you, the announcement of your lingering on this bank of the river. It was you and news of war navigat...

Elizabeth L.A Kamara, Sierra Leone

Elizabeth L.A Kamara, Sierra LeoneThe PoemsBE KIND TO NATURELet her be your mother Or beloved wifeOr doted child.Love her.Cherish her.Plant her trees to capture waterAnd give you peace.Food for you and generations unborn.Her trees you blacken into li...

Panayiotis Nikolaides, Cyprus

 Panayiotis Nikolaides, Cyprus HOW CAN YOU LOVE A POEM The PoemsHOW CAN YOU LOVE A POEM How can you love a poemwhen the deepest meaningof poetryis neither usefulnor fancyand among those writtenno poem was ever really necessaryfor survival.How ca...

Vitomirka Trebovac, Serbia

 Vitomirka Trebovac, SerbiaThe Poemsoppositesin front of the'olga petrov'retirement homea man kisseda woman's handshe raised her headand he blushedand what happened afterI don't knowbecause the wheels of my bicycleare bigand I'malready in anothe...

Iván Oñate, Ecuador

 Iván Oñate, Ecuador Apocryphal biography of Borges The PoemsApocryphal biography of Borges for María Esther VázquezMothertake pity on Borgesthe lovestricken. Watch over himso he won't slip. Your child is boundto the worst kind of blindness...

Elizabeth Grech, Malta

 Elizabeth Grech, Malta The sun going down in the sea The PoemsThe sun going down in the seaHelp me go to sleep, mum,you said.The sun's going down in the seabut I can't sleep.My boy,count the stickson the path to school,the pebbles, the shells t...

Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra, Colombia

Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra, Colombia Furniture in a box The PoemsFurniture in a boxThere is something hidden in the act of collecting boxesin the act of sorting them out to contain the worldor creating a little poetic scenerywhere you can remai...

Dimitris Kosmopoulos, Greece

Dimitris Kosmopoulos, Greece
Dimitris Kosmopoulos, GreeceThe PoemsFlight His favourite game was to cut out bird shapes from newspaper pages. Small ones and larger ones, some with open wings others ona branch.Later, he placed them in a white chest under the bed. At night,&nb...

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece
Konstantinos Bouras, GreeceThe PoemsI am a tiger in a cage with Polar bearsI am the dead man who was dragged upFrom the electric railway. I committed suicide in a state of Mental rapture without thinking of leaving a Note behind. No, it wasn't despai...

Nikos Fotopoulos, Greece

Nikos Fotopoulos, Greece
 Nikos Fotopoulos, Greece The wave of a night set adrift The Poems The wave of a night set adrift A rowdy windcarries awaymy darksome landnostos -onerously longing to return home-drawing me down into the deepand the black seais nourishing within...

Dimos Chloptsioudis, Greece

Dimos Chloptsioudis, Greece
Dimos Chloptsioudis, GreeceThe PoemsManifestoΙIn front of your principles I will sacrifice my last verse. I will tame the insignificantexcitement of creation, shouting when you ask me to be silent, you foolishpoachers of delusionyou think you have go...

George Veis, Greece

George Veis, Greece
George Veis, GreeceThe PoemsTime's (Simple) Reversal«Through the orange tree's leavesthe day passes, cleaning its wingssilver words suspended: midday.With your right hand you indicate the sea,an absence of matter, tomorrow you 'll call itdeparture. I...

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