Poetry. Elena Georgiou's second collection, RHAPSODY OF THE NAKED IMMIGRANTS, prompts us beyond the question "Where are you from?" to more complicated questions regarding multiple migrations, invasions, post-colonial freedom, and the ability to board international flights. "Elena Georgiou has the unbordered tongue of an immigrant. Her poems travel through the public and private geographies of citizenship, building homes made of bodies and language. Her work is an alphabet, a Greek chorus, a praise poem for the English language and its many tongues. It is your visa to the poetry of immigration"--Lisa Birman. "She reminds us, through the eyes of 'immigrant' experiences, that we too must be our own `Expatriate Cartographer' if we are to navigate and survive the losses and gains of living through change and eruption.... Remarkably brave"--Jenny Boully. "Immigrant questions become questions of how to love, how to adhere to an `earth ... cut in half.' Elena Georgiou's beautiful book of poems is ... a `map ... of silk countries,' folded and unfolding"--Bhanu Kapil. A choreography of names, places, and the forbidden worn by figures over a shared landscape--urban, rural, in between.
Elena Georgiou is the author of the short-story collection THE IMMIGRANT'S REFRIGERATOR (GenPop Books, 2018), and the poetry collections RHAPSODY OF THE NAKED IMMIGRANTS (Harbor Mountain Press) and mercy mercy me (University of Wisconsin), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award. She is also co-editor (with Michael Lassell) of the LGBTQ poetry anthology, The World In Us (St. Martin's Press). Georgiou has won an Astraea Emerging Writers Award, a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Georgiou is an editor at Tarpaulin Sky Press and the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College. Georgiou is an English-Cypriot originally from London, where she spent the first twenty- seven years of her life. Since then, she has lived in the US—first in New York, now in Vermont.Author City: Southern VT USA