ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Effie Pasagiannis is a first generation Greek-American lawyer, writer and curator based in New York City. Effie's poetry has been featured in various journals and anthologies such as Snapdragon Journal, The Write Launch, Platform Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, the Raw Art Review, Pen + Brush In Print Issue 1, and Stanford University’s Mantis Press (Poetry & Protest print issue, April 2019).
Anagnorisis (Greek: “Recognition”), published by Dancing Girl Press, is Effie’s first collection of poems focusing on universal themes of loss, alienation, struggle and transcendence. Currently, she is working on a villanelle chapbook, as well as a collection of short stories with female protagonists at a crossroads. One of these short stories Sweet Nothings of a Foreign Exchange was published in the Feminine Collective’s September 2018 issue. Another short story, Fennec Fox on the Promontory, is being adapted into a feature length film with production slated for Spring 2021 (produced by Nomadis Images and directed by Academy Member Raja Amari).
Effie has performed in New York City venues including the Bowery Poetry Club, Arlo Hotels, The Assemblage, Pen + Brush, Powerhouse Books and Poets House. In February 2020, she curated a poetry micro-event and performed at the opening night of “Occupy Project #1" at the Greek Consulate in New York.
As a curator, Effie brings together writers and other artists to collaborate and showcase their work in soul-nourishing spaces. She is an avid proponent of personal transformation and an advocate for educational, criminal justice, immigration and environmental reform. She looks forward to more readings and events post pandemic.
I’ve been working on this latest release for quite some time now, and can’t wait for you to read it. This is my first collection of poems (published by Dancing Girl Press, January 2020) encapsulating the journey through struggle to self concept clarity. It is equally applicable to our collective journey, moving from the experience of loss, to questioning the status quo, before all is revealed and we awaken to a transcendent and meaningful existence.
The title Anagnorisis (Greek: “recognition”), in a literary work, refers to the startling discovery that produces a change from ignorance to knowledge. It is discussed by Aristotle in Poetics as an essential part of the plot of a tragedy, although anagnorisis occurs in comedy, epic, and, at a later date, the novel as well. Anagnorisis usually involves revelation.
This collection is divided into three parts: Agonas (Greek: “struggle”); Aporia (Greek: “questioning”); and Anastasis (Greek: “rebirth/transcendence”).
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
MANTIS (STANFORD UNIVERSITY)
Poetry + Protest
In April 2019, two of my political poems “Fine American Morning” and “On Mango Trees in the Dead of Night” were published and featured in Mantis (Stanford University), in their Poetry + Protest print issue.
PEN + BRUSH IN PRINT (ISSUE 1)
In 2018, my work was featured in Pen + Brush’s inaugural print issue and I was invited to their stunning Flatiron gallery space in NYC to read at the book launch event.
WHAT KEEPS US HERE (ANTI-HEROIN CHIC LITERARY & ART JOURNAL)
In January 2019, my work appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic’s inaugural print issue What Keeps Us Here. I also curated, hosted and performed at the book launch event held at PowerHouse Books in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
THE RAW ART REVIEW WINTER 2019 ISSUE
Three of my poems “The Apathetic Children,” “If We Could Only Slow It Down” and “Metamorphosis” were featured in The Raw Art Review’s Winter 2019.
GRAVITAS JOURNAL (VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1)
My work was also featured in Gravitas Poetry Journal among many others.