"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


Christodoulos Makris is a poet, 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 (Wurm Press, 2011) and The Architecture of Chance (Wurm Press, 2015) - chosen as a poetry book of the year by 3:AM Magazine and RTÉ Arena. He is also the author of the chapbook Round the Clock (Wurm Press, 2009), the limited edition artist’s book Muses Walk (2012), and the limited edition pamphlet if we keep drawing cartoons (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). The poetry object Browsing History is forthcoming from zimZalla (2018).

His poetry and other writings have appeared or are scheduled to appear widely in international journals and anthologies, print and online, including 3:AM Magazine, gorseThe Guardian, The Irish TimesJacket2, Poetry Ireland ReviewThe Stinging Fly, Trumpet, VLAK and The World Record Anthology (Bloodaxe) among many. His work has been translated into Croatian, Czech, Greek, Russian, Spanish and Turkish, broadcast on RTÉ Radio, 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.

In 2016 he was featured in Poetry Ireland Review's special 'Rising Generation' issue. In 2012 he was selected as the representative of Cyprus at Poetry Parnassus - part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. He represented Ireland at The Guadalajara International Book Fair 2014 (Mexico), the Prague Microfestival 2015, and European Literature Festival 2016 (Edinburgh & London). In 2017 he was Digital Poet in Residence at StAnza International Poetry Festival in St Andrews, Scotland, and received a joint project commission by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Over the years he has appeared or is scheduled to appear in many other festivals and events in Ireland and elsewhere including Book Week Scotland (Edinburgh), Dublin Book Festival, European Poetry Festival (London), ISLA Festival, Listowel Writers’ Week, London Literature Festival (The Southbank Centre), Mountains to Sea Festival (Dun Laoghaire), Poets Live (Paris) and Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture.

He is the poetry editor of gorse, “the most vital & outward-looking of Irish literary journals” and its associated imprint Gorse Editions. He co-edited the bilingual exchange anthology Centrifugal: Contemporary Poetry of Guadalajara and Dublin (EBL-Cielo Abierto / Conaculta, 2014). Between 2008 and 2010 he was the Dublin regional editor of Succour magazine.

In September 2014 he produced and co-curated with SJ Fowler the transnational project and tour Yes But Are We Enemies (the extension of 'The Enemies Project' into Ireland), which was in receipt of funding support from the Arts Council of Ireland through the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme, and which focused on poetry in collaboration and involved more than 40 contemporary poets from Ireland and England. Phonica, a multidisciplinary event series with an emphasis on the experimental and primarily based on 'word' and 'sound', co-directed and -curated with Olesya Zdorovetska, began in January 2016, currently runs at Smock Alley Theatre, and is in receipt of funding support from the Arts Council of Ireland through its Festivals and Small Events Scheme. Since 2005 he has organised many other series and events, most recently Compass Lines in partnership with Irish Writers Centre (Dublin) and Crescent Arts Centre (Belfast), in the process working with numerous writers and artists from across genres and generations. Over the years he was commissioned by or has worked with many other organisations including The British Council, English PEN, The European Commission, Fingal Libraries, Instituto Cervantes, International Literature Festival Dublin, Poetry Ireland, Poetry International and York St John University.