Maria A. Ioannou was born in 1982, in Limassol, Cyprus. She studied English Literature in the UK (MA 20th Century Lit, King’s College London / BA English Lit, 1st Class Honours, University of Reading, UK) and she is currently a PhD Creative Writing student at the University of Winchester.
Her first collection of short stories – “The Gigantic Fall of an Eyelash” (Gabrielides Publishing, Athens 2011) – has been awarded the Emerging Writer Literary Prize by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and has been selected to represent Cyprus in Budapest Literature Festival 2014. She has also been invited to Kikinda Short Story Festival in Serbia in July 2014.
M.A.I writes in both greek and english. Some of her short stories have been translated into spanish, romanian, serbian and hungarian. She works as a teacher of English language, literature and creative writing to children and adults and she has been writing short stories for “Simio Stixis”, a collaboration with the artist Marina Yerali in “Politis” newspaper from 2013 to 2015. She is also the founder of “Sardam”, an annual festival which started in 2013 and which presents alternative literary readings and workshops by writers from Cyprus and abroad (www.sardamcy.wordpress.com). In May 2017, she was invited to Berlin by Lettretage as a writer-in-Residence, part of the literary project CON_TEXT, a collaboration with the dancer/choreographer Momo Sanno.
Her second short story collection – «Cauldron» (Kazani) – has been published by Nefeli Publishing (Athens, 2015). The book has been invited to the 3rd Young Writers Festival of the 14th Thessaloniki Book Fair, has been nominated for the Young Writer Award 2016 of Klepsydra and Enastron in Athens and was shortlisted for the 2016 Short Story State Prize. Within the next two years, the book will be translated into Serbian and Hungarian.
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