I am a writer and poet born in Athens, Greece. I now divide my time between Neusaess, Germany and London, England. In my heart, I live somewhere on the Aegean coast. I am married and have two adult daughters.
I trained as a psychotherapist and worked in London, UK, for many years. Currently, in addition to my writing, I serve on the Board of Directors of The Haiku Foundation (THF) and manage the THF Per Diem: Daily Haiku feature.
Recent books: Of This World (Red Moon Press, 2017 – 48 haibun), which received a Haiku Society of America Merit Book honourable mention in the Haibun category for books published in 2017; Ekphrasis: Between Image and Word (Fruit Dove Press, 2017 – paintings and haiku, with Maria Pierides); Taubenfuettern (Fruit Dove Press, 2015); The Heart and Its Reasons (Fruit Dove Press, 2014) – short stories); Feeding the Doves (Fruit Dove Press, 2013 – short stories and haibun), and In the Garden of Absence (Fruit Dove Press, 2012 – poetry) which received a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2013 for books published in 2012.
My work has appeared in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. Most recently in Echoes 2: The New Resonance 20th Anniversary Update (eds. J. Kacian & Julie Warther, Red Moon Press, 2018); Old Song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017 (eds. J. Kacian et al, Red Moon Press, 2018); Jumble Box (M.D. Welch & R. Moss, Press Here, 2017); and received First Prize in the Sharpening The Green Pencil Haiku Contest 2017; was included in Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press), and in the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors for six consecutive years (2012–2017). Honorable Mention in the International Sakura Awards (2015), Third Prize in the Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2014), amongst others.
Besides my creative writing, articles include “Haiku and the brain: an exploratory study” (Juxtapositions 3.1) and “Reading English-language haiku: processes of meaning construction revealed by eye movements” (JEMR, 10.1).
In 2018 I served as a judge for the British Haiku Society’s Haibun Contest 2017.
I enjoy reading, gardening, film, music, food and walking. I am currently learning the practice of Yang Chengfu Tai Chi.
Member of English PEN, the Haiku Society of America, and the British Haiku Society. The link to my entry on The Haiku Foundation‘s Haiku Registry site is here
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