Vasiliki Katsarou


Annandale, NJ 08801

Author's Bio

Vasiliki Katsarou was raised in New England by Greek parents. She is a graduate of Harvard College, holds an MFA in filmmaking from Boston University, and has lived in Paris, France, and Athens, Greece. Her first collection, Memento Tsunami, was published by Ragged Sky Press, and one of its poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2014, she read her work at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. She has also served as a Geraldine R. Dodge Poet in the Schools in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in a number of poetry anthologies and in addition, she is co-editor of two poetry anthologies: Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems and Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems. Vasiliki has read her poetry widely, including at Manhattan’s National Arts Club, Cornelia St. Café, and KGB Bar; as well as at the Princeton Arts Council, Princeton University, and the Princeton Public Library. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Daily, Contemporary American Voices, Noon: Journal of the Short Poem (Japan), Regime Journal (Australia); wicked alice, Literary Mama, La Vague Journal, Wild River Review and Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, among other journals. Of Memento Tsunami, Aliki Barnstone wrote: “Memento Tsunami is breathtaking and reads as sustained filmic meditation on the woman artist, ancestry, the immigrant daughter’s unfixed, hyphenated identity…We hear echoes of Sappho, Emily Dickinson, H.D., Mina Loy, and Lorine Niedecker, whose beautiful poetry, like Katsarou’s, is crafted with classical discipline, yet is not merely beautiful, nor merely classical.”
As founding director of the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville, NJ, Vasiliki has been an ardent and active literary arts advocate, organizing a large number of community poetry readings and art events. She also works with artists and poets at workshops held at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey.
Besides poetry, she has written and directed an award-winning 35mm short film on utopia, called Fruitlands 1843.

Publications & Prizes

Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress Publications, 2014)
Rabbit Ears, The First Anthology of Poetry about TV (Poets Wear Prada, 2014)
Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems (Ragged Sky Press, 2009)
Memento Tsunami (Ragged Sky Press, 2011)
Contemporary American Voices
Poetry Daily
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Wicked Alice
Wild River Review

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Last update: Mar 23, 2017