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Panayotis Ioannidis was born in 1967 in Athens, where he now lives, after studying biology in the UK, and education in Greece. He works with words and images.


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He has published three books of poems with Kastaniotis Editions, To sosivio [The lifesaver, 2008] Akalyptos [Uncovered, 2013], Polonia [2016].

His poems, in English, have been included in two anthologies 
(T. Chiotis, Futures - Poetry of the Greek crisis, Penned in the Margins, 2015 / K. Van Dyck, Austerity Measures, Penguin, 2016), and in the book "NICE - Is return possible?" (2016).


They have also been published in English-language journals ("Drunken Boat" 19, 2014; "Hotel Amerika" 13, 2015; "Poetry London" 82, 2015; "Hotel Amerika" 14 , 2016), Swedish ("Subaltern" 2-3, 2014), and Turkish ("Bireylikler" 29, Nov. 2009). They were presented during the "16 Young Greek Poets" readings, organised by the theatre company "Praxi" in spring 1997; received 2nd prize at the "1st Meeting of Young Artists (Vakalo Art School)" in spring 1998; and were presented at the "Umeå Littfest" international literary festival (Sweden, 2014).


He has translated poems by Seamus Heaney ("anti" b 588, 13 October 1995; b 635, 23 May 1997), Andrew Motion ("Poiesi" 9, Spring-Summer 1997), Thom Gunn ("Poeisi" 12, Autumn-Winter 1998; "Farmako" 7, Spring-Summer 2016), Robert Creeley ("Poeisi" 18, Autumn-Winter 2001), Elaine Feinstein, Fiona Sampson and Michael Symmons Roberts ("Poiitiki" 10, Autumn-Winter 2012), David Harsent ("Farmako" 4, Autumn-Winter 2014), Elizabeth Bishop ("The Books' Journal" 65, April 1016), William Carlos Williams and Robert Duncan ("Farmako" 7, Spring-Summer 2016).


Since 2011, he has been curating a series of monthly poetry readings, "Words (can) do it", where Greek poets of different generations read their own poems, or foreign-language poetry is read in the original and its Greek translation.


He is poetry editor for the monthly "The books' journal" from August 2013. In addition, since its 1st issue (May 2013), he is on the editorial board of the journal "for the investigation of the poetic phenomenon", "Farmako", where he also reviews poetry books. 


At the 28th Greek Poetry Symposium (Patras, 2008), he co-authored with Theodossios Tassios the presentation "Poetry and image", whilst at the 31st (Patras, 2011) he gave the presentation "When is poetry (not) in crisis?" In June 2013, he took part, together with another six Greek and seven American poets, in the poetic 'blind date', "Set out to Ithaca", within the "Return to Ithaca 2013" festival.


Since February 2013, he has been coordinating a poetry-writing group for adults at the British Council (Athens). Also since 2013, he has been teaching in the Cavafy Archive's / Onassis Foundation educational programmes for secondary schools, using innnovative approaches (e.g. theatre performance, hip-hop, comics, photography) to Cavafy's poetry.


During 1994-1997, he collaborated with 'anti' cultural and political weekly magazine, where he kept a column, "The wild and the tame", and was guest-editor for issues partly devoted to the essayist and poet Zissimos Lorentzatos and the short story writer Helias C. Papadimitrakopoulos. Since then, articles and interviews by him have appeared in "Efimerida ton Syntakton" (2017), "Kathimerini" (2008, 2010, 2015), "Lifo" (2008/i2008/ii), and 'tranzistor' (2005).



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During November 2007 - January 2008, a specially written poem of his accompanied -as a photocopied photograph of the manuscript- painter Eleni Theofilaktou's exhibition, "Darling I'm clearing up" (tint gallery, Thessaloniki), whilst a commissioned poem accompanied Efi Panagoula's photograph for 15 March 2010 in the Greek language web diary, "365 friends". During the 2nd Athens Biennale / 'Heaven', he took part in 'Poetica Residenza Arcadia' (June 2009).


In December 2006, during "blind date #12" (Industrial space, Keiriadon & Sfittion St., Athens) -a collaboration, in pairs, of visual artists and writers, for which latter group he was also the coordinator- he presented with visual artist Maria Konti the installation llel/lir/lyr. In March 2011, during the group show "Icono-poeisis" (M. Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens), he presented the installation Les Mains d' Hypnos, on poetry by Rene Char that he had translated.



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His photographs have been presented in the group shows "Lookout" (Athens, 2003), "Capturing utopia" ('Fournos' Cultural Space, Athens, 2005), "Self-sufficient Photography" (Fotagogos, Athens, 2015), "Fenêtres sur Athènes / ΑΘΗΝΑ ΘΕΑ" (Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, 2015-16).



They have also been published on web ["land" (January 2011), "troppo tardi" (February 2011), "vagabook" (May 2011), "luoghi comuni" (June 2011), "view" (May 2012), diet cola zine (no. 4, winter-spring 2012-2013), lifo (April 2013), popaganda (December 2013)]; in print media ['Eleftherotypia' (27.ii.2011), 'Athens news' (13.iii.2011 16.v.2011)), 'Farmako' (2, Autumn-Winter 2013)]; and in the book "NICE - Is return possible?" (2016). In July 2011, he curated 'Uncertain traces', the 'Pictures of the Month' for "land".



_ contact _


panayotisioannidis@yahoo.gr

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