S138. Writing Workshops in Greece: Faculty and Alumni Reading

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This reading celebrates Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki and Thasos, which allows writers to gather for a month of literary work and adventure on a remote island. Our reading highlights the diversity and success of our program faculty and alumni, who range widely in age and origin, and who have won numerous book prizes and have served as Stegner fellows, Cave Canem fellows, and Fulbright scholars. Readers will attest to the value of an immersive international literary experience.


Christopher Bakken is the author of three books of poetry (most recently Eternity & Oranges) and a memoir: Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table. He serves as director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos and he teaches at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Graham Barnhart is a 2017 Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. He holds an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Army Special Forces Medic. His work has been awarded The Jeff Sharlett Memorial Prize and Chad Walsh Poetry Prize.

Natalie Bakopoulos is the author of The Green Shore. Her work has appeared in Tin House, VQR, Salon, The New York Times, Granta, O. Henry Prize Stories, and other publications. She has received fellowships from the Camargo and MacDowell foundations, and she was a 2015 Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece.

Joanna Eleftheriou teaches at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the Writing Workshops in Greece. Her translations, fiction, essays, and poetry appear in journals including Arts & Letters, Chautauqua, and Crab Orchard Review.

Courtney Zoffness won the 2017 Arts & Letters Prize in Creative Nonfiction, the 2016 American Literary Review Fiction Prize, as well as fellowships from The Center for Fiction and The MacDowell Colony. She directs the creative writing program at Drew University.

March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside