"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), the limited edition pamphlet if we keep drawing cartoons (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and the poetry postcard set Browsing History (zimZalla avant objects, 2018). His next book will be this is no longer entertainment: A Documentary Poem, due out from Dostoyevsky Wannabe in March 2019.

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 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 from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), while in 2018 he performed at the inaugural European Poetry Festival in London and Manchester, and read at Berlin's summer-long arts project Tropez with support from Culture Ireland. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University for the academic year 2018-19.

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 & Manchester), International Literature Festival Dublin, 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 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 10-day 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 performance series with an emphasis on the experimental and primarily based on 'word' and 'sound', co-directed and co-curated with Olesya Zdorovetska, began in January 2016, currently runs at Smock Alley Theatre, and has been in receipt of funding support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Poetry Ireland. Since 2005 he has produced and/or programmed many other series and individual events, in the process working with numerous writers and artists from across genres and generations. Over the years he was commissioned by, has given talks and workshops for, or has worked with many other organisations including The British Council, Cow House Studios (Co Wexford), Crescent Arts Centre (Belfast), English PEN, The European Commission, Fingal Libraries, Instituto Cervantes, International Literature Festival Dublin, Irish Writers Centre, Poetry Ireland, Poetry International (Rotterdam), Words Ireland, and York St John University.