BECKY SAKELLARIOU reading from and discussing the poems in her latest collection UNDRESSING THE EARTH. In the past few years, world political events have empowered Sakellariou’s writing, infusing it with tension, contradiction and even ambiguity. Most recently, her attention has been centered around the refugee situation in Europe, specifically Turkey and Greece, and her own experiences in the camps and with the immigrants themselves. Her poetry reflects her endless amazement at both the power of memory and the persistence of the mystery of all things.
Becky Dennison Sakellariou was born and raised in the United States outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and in 1965, she moved to Greece where she married, settled and thrived for more than forty years. Her professional work has included teaching, writing, editing and counseling. Sakellariou’s attachment to Greece and her abiding roots in New England have given her the gift of two singular perspectives on peoples, cultures, geography and daily living which inhabit and enrich Sakellariou’s writing.