Posted on: 22-06-2013 | Category: Events




Featuring Sofka Zinovieff and Alicia Stallings


On Wednesday, June 26, 7:00pm, at The Athens Centre, Archimidous 48, Pangrati, Mets.




Sofka Zinovieff will be speaking about the process of moving from non-fiction to fiction in her writing about Greece, and read from both genres.

Alicia Stallings, who won the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award in 2011, will read from her recent poetry.


Wine and conversation follows the event. The reading is open to the public.
For more information, please call 210-7015242 or 210-7012268


Sofka Zinovieff was born in London and has Russian ancestry. She studied social anthropology at Cambridge. She came to Greece to carry out research for a PhD thesis on modern Greek identity and tourism and stayed for several years in Nafplio in the late 1980s. In the 1990s she lived in Moscow, London and Rome and worked as a freelance journalist for British newspapers and magazines such as The Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement and The Independent. Her first book, Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens, was one of the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books” of 2005. Red Princess: A Revolutionary Life, came out in 2007 and has been translated into 10 different languages. It was chosen as one of the Observer’s Best Paperbacks of the Year. Her latest book is “The House on Paradise Street.”Sofka is married and has two teenage daughters and has lived in Athens since 2001. She will present the process of moving from non-fiction to fiction in her literary work about Greece.


A. E. (Alicia) Stallings studied classics in Athens, Georgia, and the University of Oxford, and has lived since 1999 in Athens, Greece. Her debut poetry collection, Archaic Smile, received the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award and was a finalist for both the Yale Younger Poets Series and the Walt Whitman Award. Her second collection, Hapax (2006), was awarded the 2008 Poets’ Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry anthologies of 1994 and 2000. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize, the 2004 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the James Dickey Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. In 2011, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship.She lives with her husband, John Psaropoulos, editor of the magazine “Odyssey” and their small argonaut, Jason.