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”

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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