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.
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:
The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is organized by the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”, the literary website Culture Book (culturebook.gr) 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”
Mari Kashiwagi, Japan
a memory of Butterfly
having been here
On Butterfly's shoreline
could not articulate
reincarnation as a rainbow
[English translation by Takako Lento]
touched into swaying
Nectar meets Nectar
what its flower has seen
in order to be forgotten
[English Translation by Takako Lento]
Mari Kashiwagi was born in Erlangen, Germany, and raised in Japan. She is a Japanese poet and art curator. She won an award of the prestigious poetry magazine, Gendaishi Techo (1995), and International Micro Poetry Award Silver Prize from the Boao International Poetry Festival (2021). Excerpts from her second book, Nectar's root as far as its Resonance reaches (2008) are presented in the Poetry International Web. Her third collection Butterfly (2020) is in Japanese with an English translation by Takako Lento. As an curator, she has curated more than a dozen exhibitions on Japanese and Chinese ceramic arts, and written two books. She has been invited to read at the Struga Poetry Evenings festival (North Macedonia, 2014), InterLese (Germany, 2016), and The Princeton Festival (USA, 2018), and also invited to the numerous online festivals and readings in the world. Her poems are translated in 11 languages so far.