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"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

"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, 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); and - in collaboration with Gregory Betts, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, and Julie Morrissy - the limited edition chapbook Transcription Factor (Banff: NO Press, 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 2012 he was 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). Appearances with sponsorship from Culture Ireland include Berlin's summer-long arts project Tropez (2018) and the 2nd European Poetry Festival in London & Manchester (2019). In 2016 he was selected as part of Poetry Ireland Review's special 'Rising Generation' issue. He was Digital Poet in Residence at the 2017 edition of StAnza International Poetry Festival in St Andrews, Scotland, and received a project commission from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). He was Writer-in-Residence at National University of Ireland Maynooth 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, 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, and curated and edited in full the special 10th issue of gorse, a mixed-media, book-in-a-box issue in response to 'the readymade' in literature. 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 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 co-founded Phonica, a multidisciplinary performance series primarily based on 'word' and 'sound' and with an emphasis on the experimental, which he co-directs, and which has been in receipt of funding support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Poetry Ireland (Phonica is currently on hiatus). In 2019 he produced and programmed the closing event of the 2nd European Poetry Festival UK at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare. 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 borders, genres and generations. Over the years he was commissioned by, has given talks and workshops for, or has worked with many other institutions and organisations including The British Council, 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.