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Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis)

Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Greek-Canadian poet and author. He is the most prolific writer-poet of the Greek diaspora. At the age of eleven he transcribed the nearly 500 year old romantic poem Erotokritos, now released in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies and made available at 5,000 dollars Canadian: the most expensive book of its kind to this day. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Master’s for the Arts in Literature. He is recognized for his ability to convey images and thoughts in a rich and evocative way that tugs at something deep within the reader. Born in the village of Kolibari on the island of Crete in 1947, he moved with his family at a young age to Thessaloniki and then to Athens, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from the Panteion University of Athens. After graduation, he served in the armed forces for two years and emigrated to Vancouver in 1973, where he worked as an iron worker, train labourer, taxi driver, and stock broker, and studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University. He has written three novels and numerous collections of poetry, which are steadily being released as published works. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in various magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Australia, Jordan, Serbia and Greece. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, Swedish, German, Hungarian, Arabic, Turkish, Serbian, Russian languages and has been published in book form or in magazines in various countries. He now lives in White Rock, where he spends his time writing, gardening, traveling, and heading Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company which he founded in 2006 with the mission of publishing literary books. His translation book “George Seferis-Collected Poems” was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards the highest literary recognition of Greece.

AWARDS and DINSTICTIONS

~Distinguished Poet and Writer Award, City of Richmond, BC, 2014

~1st Poetry Prize, International Arts Academy for this translation of “Yannis Ritsos- Selected Poems”, 2014

~Winner of the Dr. Asha Bhargava Memorial Award, Writers International Network Canada, 2014

~“George Seferis-Collected Poems” translated by Manolis, shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards, translation category.

~1st Poetry Prize, International Arts Academy, for his translation of “George Seferis-Collected Poems”, 2013

~Master of the Arts in Literature, International Arts Academy, 2013

~1st Prize for poetry, 7th Volos poetry Competition, 2012

~Honorary instructor and fellow, International Arts Academy, 2012

~2nd Prize for short story, Interartia festival, 2012

~2nd Prize for Poetry, Interartia Festival, 2012

~2nd Prize for poetry, Interartia Festival, 2011

~3rd Prize for short stories, Interartia Festival, 2011

BOOKS by MANOLIS

~Chthonian Bodies, paintings by Ken Kirkby and poems by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2015

~Images of Absence, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2015

~Autumn Leaves, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2014

~Übermensch/Υπεράνθρωπος, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2013

~Mythography, paintings and poems, Libros Libertad, 2012

~Nostos and Algos, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2012

~Vortex, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2011

~The Circle, novel, Libros Libertad, 2011

~Vernal Equinox, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2011

~Opera Bufa, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2010

~Vespers, paintings and poems, Libros Libertad, 2010

~Triptych, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2010

~Nuances, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2009

~Rendition, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2009

~Impulses, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2009

~Troglodytes, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2008

~Petros Spathis, novel, Libros Libertad, 2008

~El Greco, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2007

~Path of Thorns, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2006

~Footprints in Sandstone, poetry, Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2006

~The Orphans, poetry, Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2005

TRANSLATIONS by MANOLIS

~Hours of the Stars, poetry by Dimitris Liantinis, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2015

~Hear Me Out, short stories, by Tzoutzi Mantzourani, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2015

~Caressing Myths, poetry by Dina Georgantopoulos, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros libertad, 2015

~Idolaters, a novel by Joanna Frangia, translated by Manolis Aligizakis,  Libros Libertad, 2014

~Tasos Livaditis-Selected Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis,  Libros Libertad, 2014

~Yannis Ritsos-Selected Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Ekstasis Editions, 2013

~Cloe and Alexandra-Selected Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2013

~George Seferis-Collected Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2012

~Yannis Ritsos-Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2010

~Constantine P. Cavafy - Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2008

~Cavafy-Selected Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Ekstasis Editions, 2012

BOOKS in OTHER LANGUAGES

~ A Fogoly, (Hungarian), a novel by Manolis Aligizakis (English publication with the title “Petros Spathis”), translated into Hungarian by Karoly Csiby, AB-ART, Slovakia, 2015

~ Άσματα του Παραλόγου, (Greek), poetry, ENEKEN, Salonika, Greece, 2015

~ Εικόνες Απουσίας, (Greek) poetry, Sexpirikon, Salonika, Greece, 2015

~ Oszi Falevelek, (Hungarian), poetry by Manolis Aligizakis, translated into Hungarian by Karoly Csiby, Gyp, Hungary, 2015

~ Svest, (Serbian), poetry by Manolis Aligizakis, translated into Serbian by Jolanka Kovacs, Serbia, 2015

~ Eszmelet, (Hungarian), poetry by Manolis Aligizakis, translated into Hungarian by Karoly Csiby, AB-ART, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2014

~ Ιερόδουλες, (Greek), poetry, Sexpirikon, Salonika, Greece, 2014

~ Υπεράνθρωπος, (Greek), poetry, ENEKEN, Salonika, Greece, 2014

~ Übermensch (German), poetry by Manolis Aligizakis, translated into German by Eniko Thiele Csekei, WINDROSE, Austria, 2014

~ Nostos si Algos, (Romanian) poetry by Manolis Aligizakis, translated into Romanian by Lucia Gorea, DELLART, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2013

~ Τολμηρές Ανατάσεις, (Greek) poetry, GAVRIILIDIS EDITIONS, Athens, Greece, 2013

~ Φυλλορροές, (Greek) poetry, ENEKEN PUBLICATIONS, Salonika, Greece, 2013

~ Εαρινή Ισημερία, (Greek) poetry, ENEKEN PUBLICATIONS, Salonika, Greece, 2011

~ Στρατής Ρούκουνας, (Greek) novel, MAVRIDIS EDITIONS, Athens, Greece, 1981

LONGHAND BOOKS

~ Erotokritos, by Vitsentzos Kornaros, (rare book-collectible), transcribed by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2015

MAGAZINES

Canadian Fiction Magazine—Victoria, BC

Pacific Rim Review of Books—Victoria, BC

Canadian Poetry Review—Victoria, BC

Monday Poem, Leaf Press-Lantzville, BC

The Broadkill Review, Milton, Delaware

Ekeken, Thessaloniki, Greece

Envolimon, Beotia, Greece

Annual Literary Review, Athens, Greece

Stigmes, Crete, Greece

Apodimi Krites, Crete, Greece

Patris, Crete, Greece

Nyxta-Mera, Chania, Greece

Wallflowers, Thessaloniki, Greece

Diasporic Literature Spot, Melbourne, Australia

Black Sheep Dances, California, USA

Diasporic Literature Magazine, Melbourne, Australia

Spotlight on the Arts, Surrey, BC

Barnwood, International Poetry Magazine, Seattle, USA

Unrorean, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine, USA

Vakhikon, Athens, Greece

Paremvasi, Kozani, Greece

Szoros Ko, Bratislava, Slovakia

Mediterranean Poetry, Sweden

Apostaktirio, Athens, Greece

Life and Art, Athens, Greece

Logos and Images, Athens, Greece

Contemporary Writers and Thinkers, Athens, Greece

Palinodiae, Athens, Greece

Royal City Poet’s Anthology, 2013, New Westminster, BC, Canada

To Parathyro, Paris, France

Ragazine C.C, New Jersey

Artenistas, Athens Greece

Deucalion the Thessalos, Greece.

Literary Lectern, Athens, Greece

Homo Universalis, Athens Greece

Mandragoras, Athens, Greece

Ninth Alternative Television, Athens, Greece

Qaba Quosayan, Jordan

Cantus Firmus, Athens-Greece

Isuu, on line literary Magazine, New Westminster, BC, Canada

Feldivek Literary Magazine, Bratislava, Slovakia

Dialoguri Culturale, Literary Magazine, Romania


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