"one of Ireland's leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics" - Rick O'Shea, The RTÉ Poetry Programme

"a straw in the wind, a forerunner, in Irish poetry and Irish poetry publishing" - Harry Clifton, The Irish Times

"one of the finest poets, innovators and organisers in Europe" - SJ Fowler, European Poetry Festival director

"In work that is at times radically experimental, and always alert to the capacity of language to remake the world, Christodoulos Makris seeks ways to break open the lyric space of the poem to alter the ways in which language operates in the public realm" - Lucy Collins, Irish University Review



Christodoulos Makris is a poet, writer, editor and curator. He was born in Nicosia in 1971. Since 1991 he has lived and worked in Manchester, London and, from 2001, in Dublin.

His books are Spitting Out the Mother Tongue (Dublin: Wurm Press, 2011), The Architecture of Chance (Dublin: Wurm Press, 2015) - selected as a poetry book of the year by 3:AM Magazine and RTÉ Arena - and this is no longer entertainment (Manchester: Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019).

He is also the author of the chapbook Round the Clock (Dublin: Wurm Press, 2009); the limited edition artist’s book Muses Walk (2012); the limited edition pamphlet if we keep drawing cartoons (Edinburgh: If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016); the poetry postcard set Browsing History (Manchester: zimZalla avant objects, 2018); the limited edition chapbook  Transcription Factor - in collaboration with Gregory Betts, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, and Julie Morrissy (Banff: NO Press, 2019); and the limited edition pamphlet yes to the above (Belfast: The Lifeboat Press, 2019)

His poetry and other writings have appeared widely in international journals and anthologies, print and online, including 3:AM Magazine, VersopolisgorseThe Guardian, The Irish Times, Irish University ReviewJacket2, Poetry Ireland ReviewThe Stinging Fly, The Tangerineand The World Record Anthology (Bloodaxe) among many.

In 2016 he was included in Poetry Ireland Review's special 'Rising Generation' issue. He was Digital Poet in Residence at the 2017 edition of StAnza International Poetry Festival in Scotland, and in the same year received a project commission from the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He was Writer-in-Residence at National University of Ireland Maynooth for the academic year 2018-19. In 2020 he received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and Fingal County Council.

His work has been included in the ambitious University College Dublin Special Collections video project ‘Irish Poetry Reading Archive’, where it has one of the highest viewing figures. It has been translated into Croatian, Czech, Greek, Russian, Spanish and Turkish, broadcast on RTÉ Radio and CyBC TV among others, and exhibited in venues such as The Poets House in New York, The British Library in London, and The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre. A short film with title Safe as Houses (2013) was made with support from Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions.

With support from Culture Ireland and other national bodies he represented Ireland at The Guadalajara International Book Fair 2014 (Mexico), the Prague Microfestival 2015, European Literature Festival 2016 (Edinburgh & London), Tropez project (Berlin) 2018 and European Poetry Festival 2019 (London & Manchester). He also represented Cyprus at Poetry Parnassus, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and European Literature Night 2015 (The British Library, London).

He has appeared in many other festivals and events including Book Week Scotland, Dublin Book Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, ISLA Festival, Listowel Writers’ Week, London Literature Festival (The Southbank Centre), Mountains to Sea (Dun Laoghaire), Poets Live (Paris), and Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture.

He is the poetry editor at gorse journal, “the most vital & outward-looking of Irish literary journals”, and associated imprint Gorse Editions. He commissioned and edited in full the special issue 10 of gorse, a mixed-media, book-in-a-box issue in response to 'the readymade' in literature. He also co-edited the bilingual, translation-exchange anthology Centrifugal: Contemporary Poetry of Guadalajara and Dublin, published in 2014 by Mexico City’s EBL-Cielo Abierto with support from Conaculta - Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts. Between 2008 and 2010 he was the Dublin regional editor of Succour magazine.

In September 2014 he produced and co-curated the transnational project and 10-day tour Yes But Are We Enemies, which was in receipt of funding support from the Arts Council of Ireland, and which focused on poetry in collaboration and involved more than 40 contemporary poets from Ireland and England. In January 2016 he co-founded Phonica, a multidisciplinary performance series with an emphasis on 'word' and 'sound' which he co-directs, and which has been in receipt of financial and operational support from  the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Poetry Ireland and Smock Alley Theatre, as well as a range of international partners. In 2019 he produced and programmed the closing event of the 2nd European Poetry Festival at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

He has been commissioned by, given talks and workshops, facilitated courses or undertaken mentorship for, or has worked in programming partnership with, a range of other bodies and institutions including Arts and Disability Ireland, The British Council, Carlow County Council, Crescent Arts Centre Belfast, English PEN, The European Commission, Fingal Libraries, Imperial College London, Instituto Cervantes, International Literature Festival Dublin, Irish Writers Centre, Poetry International (Rotterdam), Project Arts Centre, University of Manchester, Words Ireland, York St John University, and others.

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