Ersi Sotiropoulos is a poet and novelist who lives in Athens. She studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florence and served as the cultural attaché for the Greek Embassy in Rome. Her work has received many awards and has been widely translated. In addition to her fiction and poetry, she worked on several artistic projects as well, participating in exhibitions of visual poetry and artist's books, and has written scripts for film and television.


Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College, New York, Spring 2022

E-learning lessons on What’s Left of the Night and on Literary Criticism, University of

Athens, 2018-2019

Board of Directors, Greek National Library, 2010-2011

Columnist, Eleftherotypia newspaper, Greece, 1998-2000  

Head of Press Office, Greek Film Centre, Athens, 1994-1996   

Cultural Attaché, Greek Embassy, Rome 1983-1991   


“The Sea is Always Far Away”, Visual Poetry exhibition, Athens 2022

Film script for H24, ARTE, 2021

Research and script for Mythical Cinemas/Cine Thission of Athens, docufiction film,

Canal+, France 2016

Curated the exhibition “Scarecrows in the Vineyard”, Santorini, Greece, 2016

“Carte Blanche to Ersi Sotiropoulos”, MuCEM museum, Marseille European Capital of

Culture, 2013

Plato in New York, Visual Poetry exhibition and a play, The Gershwin Hotel, New York,


This is a poem, Visual Poetry exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens 2012

Curated the Greek participation in “Regions of Europe”, Venice, Italy 1986

Curated the exhibition “Cavafy, a Greek Poet of Alexandria”, Palazzo Venezia, Rome




Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Fellow, 2021-2022

Emily Harvey Foundation, Fellow, Italy, 2019 & 2015

Shanghai Writers’ Association, Fellow, China, 2018

Yaddo Fellow, 2017

Arctic Circle Project, Fellow, 2016

Sacatar Foundation Fellow, Brazil, 2014 & 2006

Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities, Fellow, 2012 &


Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Fellow, 2011

Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, Laureate, France, 2010

Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Director’s Guest, Italy, 2009

Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Fellow, Germany, 2004

Chinese Writers’ Association, Fellowship, China, 2001

Princeton University, Department of Hellenic Studies, Fellowship, 1995-1996

USIS, International Visitor Program, 1993

University of Iowa, International Writing Program, Fellowship,1981






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First name:  ERSI



1. The Art of Feeling Nothing, stories, Patakis, Greece 2022

2. Man Overboard, poems, Patakis, Greece 2018, as Puis tu as tourné ton beau      

    visage, a selection published by Le Courage, Editions Grasset, France 2019,

    Svobodny, Russia 2022

3.  Are You Up to It? a novel, Patakis, Greece 2017, as Je crois que tu me plais,       

     Stock, France 2019

4.  What’s Left of the Night, a novel, Patakis, Greece 2015, Stock, France 2016,

      Sexto Piso, Spain, Mexico 2018, New Vessel Press, USA 2018, nottetempo,   

      Italy 2019, CeMoG, Germany 2021, Al Kotob Khan, Egypt 2022, Forthcoming on

      stage, Les Emancipées, France 2023

5.  Fuga, poems, bilingual edition, Luces de Galibo, Spain 2015

6.  Feel Blue, Dress in Red, stories, Patakis, Greece 2012

7.  Eva, a novel, Patakis, Greece 2009, Stock, France 2014, Ayrinti Yayinlari,    

     Turkey 2017

8.  Ray in the Darkness, stories, Kedros, Greece 2005, as Landscape With Dog,

     Clockroot Books, USA 2008

9.  Taming the Beast, a novel, Kedros, Greece 2003, Quidam éditeur, France 2011

10. Between 5 and 7pm, Edizioni del Tavolo Rosso, Italy 2001

11. The Warm Circle, stories & poems, Ellinika Grammata, Greece 2000

12.  Zigzag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees, a novel, Kedros, Greece 1999, dtv

       Germany 2001, Maurice Nadeau, France 2003, Interlink Books, USA 2007,

       451 Editores, Spain 2008, Bokförlaget h:ström, Sweden 2009, Newton

       Compton, Italy 2012, Interlink books (paperback) USA 2012, republished by

       Metaixmio, Greece 2013

13.  The Pinball King, stories, Kastaniotis, Greece 1998

14.  Camelpig, stories, Kedros, Greece 1992

15.  Borders (Confini) with Italian sculptor Nunzio, Galleria dell’Oca, Rome 1991

16.  Mexico, a novel, Kedros, Greece 1988, Donzelli, Italy 1994, AOC, France 2021

 17. The Farce, a novel, Kedros, Greece 1982, Republished by Patakis, Greece   

       2010, Spanish translation is due in 2023

18.  Holiday Weekend in Yannina, a novella, Nefeli, Greece 1982, Republished by     

       Kedros, Greece 1999

19. Vacation Without a Corpse, a novel, Akmon, Greece 1980, republished by

      Kastaniotis, Greece 1997

20.  Apple+Death+…+…, poems, Plethron, Greece 1980




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Date of birth:  1953
Birth place:  Patra



National Translation Award, What’s Left of the Night (tr. Karen Emmerich), USA 2019

Mediterranean Prize for Best Foreign Novel, What’s Left of the Night, France 2018

Dante Alighieri Poetry Award, Italy 2016

What’s Left of the Night nominated for the European Book Prize, 2016

What’s Left of the Night shortlisted for the Femina Prize, France 2016

Eva shortlisted for the European Book Prize, 2015

Eva shortlisted for the Femina Prize, France 2015

National Book Award for Best Collection of Stories, Feel Blue, Dress in Red, Greece 2012

French National Book Centre, Grant for What’s Left for the Night, 2012

Athens Academy Award for Best Novel, Eva, Greece 2011

National Book Award for Best Novel, Zig-zag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees,Greece 2000

Book Critics’ Award for Best Novel, Zig-zag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees, Greece 2000

Medal of Honor, Commendatore dell’Ordine conferred by the President of the Italian Republic, 1994