[MGSA-L] New book: Astoria (poetry)

Dia Philippides dia.philippides at bc.edu
Thu Mar 6 07:25:26 PST 2014

New book:
ASTORIA: exile, people, places

Boston, MA: Somerset Hall Press, 2013  (contact: info at somersethallpress.com<mailto:info at somersethallpress.com>)

>From an Introduction by Poet and Diplomat Yiorgos Chouliaras
"Alexiou's poetry is strikingly visual and lyrically obsessive."

About the Book

Although the Astoria section of New York has been considered the largest
Hellenic settlement outside of Greece or Cyprus, it is striking that it
has received relatively little attention by writers, artists, and social
scientists. The present bilingual book of poems and images, both as a
physical object and as a discursive project, is about a culturally
neglected enclave in the midst of ethnic and social transformations. Even
in the era of globalization, every social and artistic action occurs
somewhere locally, and accordingly the poems and images presented here
emphasize the role of exile, of people, and of place.

About the Author

Nicos Alexiou teaches in the Department of Sociology and the Center for
Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College, and he recently
received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. His fields of
interest are social theory and research, ethnic studies, and issues
concerning the Greek-American community. He is the founder and director of
the Hellenic American Oral History Archive. He is the author of five books
of poetry, and his work has been published in various English and Greek
journals and anthologies.


Dia Philippides
Research Professor
Dept. of Classical Studies
Boston College

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