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Joanna Eleftheriou is author of the essay collection This Way Back. Her poems and essays appear in Bellingham Review, Arts and Letters, and Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America. She has studied at Cornell University, the Center for Ottoman, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies in Birmingham (UK) and the University of Missouri, where she earned a PhD in English. A contributing editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and book reviews editor at The Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Joanna teaches at Christopher Newport University and the Writing Workshops in Greece.

Joanna Eleftheriou’s Festival appearance is generously supported by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF).

Michel Fais is a Greek novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter, literary critic and teacher of creative writing. For the collection From the Same Glass and Other Stories Fais was awarded the 2000 Greek State Short Story Literature Prize. His latest novel, The Researcher was awarded the Best Novel Prize by the highly-respected literary magazine O Anagnostis. Books of his have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Romanian, etc. More recently, his two most acclaimed novellas, Aegypius monachus and Lady Cortisol, appeared in English translation under the title Mechanisms of Loss.

Michel Fais’ Festival appearance is generously supported by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation.