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About Christodoulos Makris:

"one of Ireland's leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics" - 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 and writer with a practice rooted in contemporary experimental, cross-disciplinary, hybrid, documentary and collaborative poetics. His work across page, screen and live physical spaces is concerned with language use, modes of communication, multiple/shifting identities, and the conflation of the public and the private enabled by digital technologies, their ongoing impact on social and political structures, and in extension on the reading and writing of poetry, with particular emphasis on process, form, and aspects of presentation and publishing. His writing operates symbiotically with his editorial and curatorial activities to continually engage with and interrogate contemporary literature practices.

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; this is no longer entertainment (Manchester: Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019); Contemporaneous Brand Strategy Document (London: Veer Books, 2023); and It Reeks of Radio - his commissioned creative response to RTÉ Radio archives held at University College Dublin (Dublin: BLR Editions, 2023).

He is co-author of the digital poetry publication sorry that you were not moved in collaboration with Kimberly Campanello (Dublin: Fallow Media, 2022) - which was in receipt of an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Project Award.

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, Belfield Literary Reviewgorse, GrantaThe Guardian, The Irish Times, Irish University ReviewJacket2, MagmaPoetry Ireland ReviewThe Stinging Fly, The Tangerine, and The World Record Anthology (Bloodaxe) among many.

In 2016 he was selected as one of Poetry Ireland's 'Rising Generation' poets. 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 (IMMA). He was appointed Writer-in-Residence at National University of Ireland Maynooth for the academic year 2018-19. During 2020 he received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and Fingal County Council, followed by a Literature Project Award from Arts Council Ireland. In 2021 he was awarded one of the inaugural Platform 31 bursaries, a scheme established by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices in collaboration with the Arts Council of Ireland, and he is the holder of the inaugural Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary (Poetry) 2021-22 at University College Dublin (UCD).

His work has been included in the ambitious UCD 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. He has also made a number of digital, audio and film works through commissions and awards from organisations such as Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, Critical Bastards magazine, The Arts Council of Ireland, and Fingal Libraries.

With support from Culture Ireland and other national and international 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 Belfast Book Festival, 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), European Poetry Festival (Norway), Poets Live (Paris), Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture, and Red Line Book Festival (South Dublin).

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, with contributions from poets, writers and artists from across Europe and North America. In 2023 he is guest-editing the 45th edition of the annual Stony Thursday Poetry Book, published by the Limerick County Council Arts Office. 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 a Touring Award 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, Smock Alley Theatre, The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and The Complex (Smithfield), as well as a range of international partners including Arts Council England and Miðstöð íslenskra bókmennta (Icelandic Literature Centre). In 2019 he co-curated the hybrid digital/physical exhibition 'Form Ever Follows Function' at Illuminations Gallery (Maynooth University). He also produced and programmed the closing event of the 2019 edition of European Poetry Festival at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare, and then again post-pandemic in the summer of 2022. He is currently working on a new curatorial project, an as-yet-untitled exhibition and programme of events surveying contemporary beyond-the-page poetry to run at Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) between January and July 2024.

He has been commissioned by, given talks and workshops, facilitated courses or provided mentorship for, or worked in programming partnership with, a range of other bodies and institutions including Arts and Disability Ireland, Arvon Foundation, 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 Ireland, Poetry International (Rotterdam), Project Arts Centre, University College Dublin, University of Manchester, University of Porto, Words Ireland, York St John University, and others.

Christodoulos Makris was born in Nicosia in 1971, and since 1991 he has lived and worked in Manchester, London and, from 2001, in Dublin.

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