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”

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela


Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Poems


We are the root that resists
below the sand,
tangled in phosphate,
impossible to tear from the ground, even if they take everything.

We are keeping multiplying everywhere

I say here we bloom
and an invisible thread, like steel,
unites us.

We sing the same secret song
in hassania

We march
innocent, wise and strong
towards the light.

I say I am, I was, and I will be
(and a rose is a rose
no matter how small it is
even if they seem to have thorns left over
and they would find it floating,
in the water of a river of gold)



Somos la raíz que resiste
debajo de la arena,
enredada en el fosfato,
imposible de arrancar, aún si se lo llevan todo.

Hemos seguido multiplicándonos
Digo que aquí florecemos
y un hilo invisible, como de acero,
nos une.

Cantamos la misma canción secreta
en hassanía
inocentes y sabias y fuertes
hacia la luz.

Digo que soy, que fui, y que seré
( y una rosa es una rosa
por menuda que sea
así parezcan sobrarle espinas
y la encuentren flotando, leve,
en el agua de un río de oro)

* * * 

A doll that floats alone in the sea

A doll that floats alone in the sea
is an easy metaphor of death

Bones falling down again and again
to the bottom.

Girls' heavy bones
Girls who couldn't hold the doll anymore


Una muñeca que flota sola en el mar

Una muñeca que flota sola en el mar
es una fácil metáfora de la muerte.

Los huesos caen y caen
hasta el fondo.

Los huesos pesados de las niñas que
no pudieron sostener más
a la

The Poet

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares: Born 1964 in Trujillo, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. A relevant aspect of my work has been facilitating reading and creative writing workshops for young people. I have represented my country in different national and international events, such as the Havana Book Fair (2006 and 2012), the International Meeting of Women Writers Caracas 2020 and the International Poetry Festival of Medellin (2021). I have published the books "De fuego o de ceniza" and "Dominio oscuro" (both 1997);" Flor de sal" (2003); "Ruegos" (2004); "Crueles, treinta y siete canciones y un poema de amor" (2007) and the anthologies "Dominio Oscuro" (2007) & " De fuego o de ceniza" (2019). Other My books "Flor de Sal" and "Crueles" are also published in digital format by the magazine "Tinta China", Seville. Texts of mine also appeared in several anthologies and have been translated into Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.

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