I hail from an ancient Aeolian port-town, called Kydonies which served surrounding Greek Aeolian cities, such as Pergamos; since the Ottoman era, the name of the city changed to Ayvalik. My grandparents were refugees who came to Athens and settled down. However, I was born and bred in Athens, Greece.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Athens is a melting pot of many cultures and nationalities. This potent mix of influences makes it unique in that it signifies the glorious past, present and future of Hellenism. Athens features a beautiful salmagundi of cultural styles of architecture and art. It is simply awesome!
What turns you on creatively?
Anything. I get inspiration from a tear streaming down the cheek of an orphan to a gross social injustice. Also, what turns me off could find its way on my blank sheet of paper.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
My favorite word is asceticism which I have used profusely in my poems.
“You taught us self-mortification
Your severe asceticism, a glorious purification
Your abstention from sleep, a wake-up call”
What is your pet peeve?
Fanaticism, bigotry and hatred. I detest anything that expresses social injustice.
What defines Sofia Kioroglou?
I am a fighter, a believer and a visionary. I love purity, social equality and freedom.
I am a sempiternal dreamer!
Sofia Kioroglou is an Athens-based translator and English Teacher. She is a published author and poet that uses words to make an impact. Writing is a form of catharsis and a means of self-discovery as the subject-matter of her work is mainly spiritual and religious. She has two books forthcoming for next year. Among her published works are: Literary Journeys to the Holy Land by Gramma Books (2018), Mystical Experiences in the Holy Land by Gramma Books (2019), Mystical Experiences in the Holy Land - Installment II by Yaffo Publications (2019), Holy Land - The Journal of a Traveler by Yaffo Publications.