Join us on the 4th of May for the “Delivering Views #29: Trio” launch event in Nicosia

Even in a time of transitions, we can still strive for deeper literary and artistic connection with our surroundings.

Janan Alexandra, Caroline Sager, and I—the three of us Fulbright fellows in Cyprus—are proud to present “Trio,” a chapbook featuring Janan’s poetry, Caroline’s photographs, and my short story “Silent G” (the last in English and in Greek translation) as part of the 29th volume in the “Delivering Views” series brought to you by Phaneromenis70, a cultural center in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Delivering Views is a series that publishes the thoughts and creative work of people who come from outside Cyprus and consider the island’s unique situation.

If you are able, join us at 6 pm on the 4th of May at Phaneromenis70 in the old city of Nicosia for our launch event. After the event, the publication will be available for sale online and in person at the cultural center. The book and its associated postcards—crafted from Caroline Sager’s singular 35 mm film photographs—will be on display at the center until the 18th of May.

More details can be found here, on the Facebook event.

We are so grateful for this collaboration with Phaneromenis70 and the opportunity to share our work with the city we have called home for the past eight months. We’d love to see you there!

Read “The climate crisis in Cyprus” in The Cyprus Files

In the mid-2000s, Cyprus had its worst drought in 900 years. As global temperatures rise, the island will face a climate crisis of great magnitude.

Learn more about the climate crisis in Cyprus in this week’s edition of The Cyprus Files, featuring former Fulbright fellow Nikolas Michael on the climate group “Avli” and their vital work on the island.

Thanks for reading!

Announcing the writing workshop, “Propulsive: Crafting the Opening Scene” at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia

Due to popular demand, I have decided to teach a second writing workshop at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia, Cyprus, this time on “Crafting the Opening Scene” in fiction. The workshop will be held on 21 May 2022.

Learn more and register at this link.

Looking forward to seeing some Cyprus-based friends there and hope to make some new ones!

Read “Teaching in the Buffer Zone” in The Cyprus Files

Last week, it was an honor and a joy to co-teach a writing workshop with my Fulbright colleague Janan Alexandra at the Home for Cooperation in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Our workshop, “A True and Beautiful Story: Crafting the Lyric Biography” was organized around the concept of “lyric biography.” This genre allows for an exploration of a person’s life deeper than a conventional recounting of journalistic facts. How can we drive at a deeper truth and understanding through interviews that strike at a poetic understanding of a person’s essence?

Learn more about our initiative in the latest issue of my newsletter, The Cyprus Files. As always, thanks for reading!