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DIMITRIS ALLOS
VASSILIS AMANATIDIS
ORFEAS APERGIS
PHOEBE GIANNISI
KATERINA ILIOPOULOU
PANAYOTIS IOANNIDIS
PATRITSIA KOLAITI
DIMITRA KOTOULA
DIMITRIS LEONTZAKOS
IANA BOUKOVA
IORDANIS PAPADOPOULOS
DIMITRIS PETROU
STAMATIS POLENAKIS
LENIA SAFIROPOULOU
KIRIAKOS SIFILTZOGLOU
YIANNIS STIGAS
MARIA TOPALI
GIORGOS HANTZIS

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Dimitra Kotoula was born in 1974. She studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Ioannina, Greece and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Her first book of poetry, Three Notes for a Melody, appeared in 2004. She has translated, among others, selected poems by Louise Gl├╝ck, Jorie Graham, Sharon Olds. Her poetry and translations were included in various modern greek poetry anthologies and journals.

*Dimitra Kotoula sometimes uses first-person and sometimes third-person narrative to forge an idiom that combines a visual perception of the immediate, tangible environment with a kind of lyrical transcendence of the world of objects as well as a purely acoustic record of the senses (Vangelis Chantzivassiliou, literary critic,2005).

* A lyrical voice deprived from any sentimentalism or aestheticism without, however, lacking in warmth or beauty (Katerina Iliopoulou, poet, 2006).

*The inner polyphonic monologue in Three Notes for a Melody by Dimitra Kotoula may not dissociate the reader from his traditional and time-honoured relation with the printed work, however, it does tell us that novelty can know refute relations and ideas that up till now we thought immutable (Alexis Ziras,literary critic, 2008).