Read “The Usonian Interviews, No. 14: Cypriot poet and writer Stephanos Stephanides on ‘The Wind Under My Lips'” in The Usonian

This week in a crossover post in The Usonian and The Cyprus Files, an interview with the accomplished Cypriot poet Stephanos Stephanides on his book-length work of poetry and memory fiction, The Wind Under My Lips—a book the engages deeply with the author’s Cypriot identity and the recent history of Cyprus.

Thanks for reading!

Upcoming lecture at CVAR: “The City In-Between: Competing visions for the image of Limassol”

As my last big initiative in Cyprus this year, I’ll be giving a presentation on some of my Fulbright research at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 16 in the CVAR museum in the old city of Nicosia.

The lecture is titled, “The City In-Between: Competing visions for the image of Limassol,” and consists of a narrative collage about the Cypriot city which has rapidly transformed from a sleepy seaside village into the “Dubai of the Mediterranean.” The lecture is co-organized by the CVAR, the Cyprus Institute, and held with the support of the Active Citizens Fund. If you’re in Cyprus, I hope to see you there! 

Learn more about the event, including RSVP information, here.

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!