Giorgos Chantzis was born in 1972 in Athens. He studied Education and Philosophy (Universtiy of Athens) and English Literary Translation (The European Center for the Translation of Literature and the Human Sciences). He writes poetry criticism for the daily paper Eleftherotypia and the poetry journal Poiitiki [Poetics]. Since 2006 he has directed the seminar series Contemporary Poetry Readings at the philosophy café Dasein in Athens. His poetry is published in Karaoke Poetry Bar, (ed. Futura, Athens 2007), Noveltly Within or Beyond Language, Contemporary, Anthology of young Greek Poets, (ed. Gavriilidis Athens 2009), Bella Boom, (forthcoming, 2009).
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.