Elena Georgiou

Elena Georgiou is the author of the short-story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, and the poetry collections Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants, and mercy mercy me. She also co-edited (with Michael Lassell) the poetry anthology, The World In Us. She has received a Lambda Literary Award, an Astraea Emerging Writers Award, and two fellowships: one from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the other from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In addition to her writing, Elena works as an editor at Tarpaulin Sky; an independent press that focuses on the publication of cross-genre and hybrid literary forms.

Elena recently left her role as director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College (Vermont & Washington), to focus her creative energies on writing and activism. As the daughter of immigrant parents who then immigrated herself, the heart of her work is to closely examine what divides us and what unites us as humans. She embraces each of her creative endeavors as an attempt to ask unanswerable questions in the hope that these explorations might magnify our unquestionable connection to one another.