Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Sofia Kioroglou

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
I am honoured and privileged that the following poets, local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

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Sofia Kioroglou

According to her WordPress site: “is an award winning poet, 2017 Best of the Net Award nominee by Sundress Publications, author of two poetry books, translator,lexicographer, journalist and painter born and bred in Athens, Greece. She is an avid reader and iconographer of saints and believes in human kindness and sacrifice. She would be a cave recluse in Raitho or Sinai had she not met her husband Peter in Jerusalem at the Holy Light Ceremony in 2012. Her work has won a number of distinctions and commendations in the international press, and has appeared in many international literary journals and books such as Silverbirchpress, Galleon Literary Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, Lunaris Review, The Blue Nib, In between Hangovers, Basil o ‘Flaherty, The Galway Review, Verse-Virtual, Winning Writers, Winamop, Halkyon Days, Ashvamegh, Aenaon, Pengician, Poet’s Corner, Writink Page, I am not a silent Poet, Poetic Diversity, Epok.gr, Dumas de Demain, Visual Verse, tovivlio.net, Greek Poets of the Internet, Fractal, Festival for Poetry, Hephaestus Wein, Bonsaistories, the Poets of the World that I Loved, as well as in many anthologies like the Poetry against Terror Anthology, Singing together for  , the Spiritual Horizons Anthology, the Poetry Against Inequality Anthology ,Voices without Veils, By Land and By Seas,56 Female Voices for Poetry, Haiku and Tanka, the Universal Values Anthology to name but a few. Her flash fiction “Cubicle Coma” was selected for publication in Books’ Journal and Planodion. Sofia is a member of the Poets Unite Worldwide.  Her poem” They bite the hand that feeds them ” was voted one of the best of February 2017 at the Festival of Poetry to be made into a movie.”

 

The Interview

1. What were the circumstances under which you began to write poetry?

I began to write poetry after the death of my father. All the woe and grief I felt had to find an outlet and poetry was the perfect countervailing force.

2. Who introduced you to poetry?
It has been an innate need since I was a little girl to write down my feelings in a poetic form. I have stacks of poetry chapbooks gathering dust on the shelves dating to my childhood years.

3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?

Poets like Gatsos, Elytis and Sachtouris have been a poetic  beacon for many aspiring poets like me but I reckon I will never live up to the high caliber of their work.
4. What is your daily writing routine?

If truth be told, I write in snatches! I go by my gut. There are fallow periods of writing followed by really creative bursts.

5. What motivates you to write?

Real life events. I don’t like romanticism nor do I crave recognition pandering to the demands of publishing houses just to sell something. My poetry is also inspired by my travels to holy lands and partakes of a religious element.

6.. What is your work ethic?

For some reason, I am averse to criticizing other people’s work nor would I write anything that would make anyone feel bad. We all write because we want to express something that gnaws away at our innards. How would I say anything negative about the way somebody feels and expresses through his writings? I am also against plagiarism and I abhor excessive self-publicity. This is sometimes done inadvertently but it is ruining our case.

7.. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?

I go back over their work and find their work more apposite than ever. Their work is timeless and certainly has left a mark on the way I write.

8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most
and why?

Vincent Zepp, Firestone Feinberg, Donna Hilbert, Rick Lupert, James Walton and Rich Quatrone. They are all exceptional poets with a distinctive voice.

9. Why do you write?

Because I can’t live without writing.

10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
By writing your true you and not what others want to hear.

11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.

I have two new books coming out. The first one is slated for publication by Gramma Publications and Promachos at Christmas and the next is a children’s book probably making its bow in June, God willing and the creek don’t rise

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