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A Conversation with Philip Freeman, author of Searching for Sappho. May 12, 2016.

May 12, 2016


An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho—the first woman writer in literary history—were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.

The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience.

From the W. W. Norton website

Philip Freeman is the author of Oh, My Gods a book we talked about on Graffiti nearly foursappho_2807182b years ago. It was one of the most popular shows of 2012.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Philip about his newest book, Searching for Sappho, on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:a-a-a-lesbos-greece-1680x1050

CLICK HERE for the W. W. Norton website for Searching for Sappho.

CLICK HERE for blog posting for the interview I did with Philip about Oh, My Gods.12098442

CLICK HERE for the Philip Freeman website.

CLICK HERE for for the wikipedia entry for Sappho.

CLICK HERE for an audio of the most recently found fragment of Sappho’s “Brothers Poem”. Read in GREEK.

CLICK HERE for more about the “Brothers Poem”.

CLICK HERE if you’re interested in reading some of your work…poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. at the Hudson Valley Writers Center on May 20th @ 7:30pm.


A Conversation with Jeff Siger, author of “Devil of Delphi”, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016


Think Breaking Bad, Greek style

In ancient times, Delphi stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to learn of their fates from its Oracle, and disobeyed its preaching at their peril.

In modern day Delphi, a young Athens emigree seeks to re-build his life in anonymity among its pastoral, rolling hills and endless olive groves. But the man’s dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin skills are too much in demand for his fate to be left to his own hands.

When he’s given no choice but to serve the ruthless aims of an international criminal mastermind, he agrees, but on his terms. His methods bring unexpected death to a member of one of Greece’s most prominent and feared political families, and draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down the nation’s government.

It is a gripping, fast-paced story played out against a backdrop of World Heritage Sites, an annual global trillion-dollar legitimate alcoholic beverage industry preyed upon by counterfeiters of the industries’ most celebrated brands, and political infighting among Greek revolutionaries, movers and shakers. Kaldis and his team soon find themselves battling purveyors of life-threatening adulterated booze, struggling to bring a cold-blooded killer to justice, and laboring to outthink a political chess-master determined to destroy Kaldis’ ailing boss, Greece’s Minister of Public Order—all without turning themselves and their families into deadly targets.

From “GoodReads” Review

3 Mykonos Magazine  2008Tonight Jeff Siger and I will have a conversation about Devil of Delphi the seventh book in his Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery series. You might recognize the name since this will be the fourth time we’ve talked about his life as a writer of mysteries…and so much more.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Jeff on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

CLICK HERE for more information about the book from the Poisoned Pen Press website.

CLICK HERE for Jeff’s website.

CLICK HERE for proud Papa Jeff’s blog entry about his son’s piece in Men’s Health.

CLICK HERE for Jeff’s blog entry entitled: How and Why to Find Joy in Writing.sons-of-sparta-225shadow

CLICK HERE for my blog entry about our conversation concerning his last book: Sons of Sparta.

CLICK HERE for information about the Open Mic I host every third Friday night (this month April 15) at The Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow NY.

A Conversation with Yvette Manessis Corporon, author of “When the Cypress Whispers”, March 19, 2015

March 31, 2016

This is an encore presentation. I hope you enjoy it.


Just My Eyes

Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy Award winning writer, producer and author. She is currently a Senior Producer with the syndicated entertainment news show, EXTRA.

71jVQFaV23L._UX250_With degrees in Classical Civilizations and Journalism from NYU, this daughter of Greek immigrants studied both of her passions. Now, Yvette’s love for her heritage and her writing have come together again in her debut novel, WHEN THE CYPRESS WHISPERS.

In addition to her Emmy Award, Yvette has received several Emmy nominations, a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism and The New York City Comptroller and City Council’s Award for Greek Heritage
and Culture.

Yvette is married to award winning photojournalist, David Corporon. They haveyvette_miller two children and live in New York.

CLICK HERE for Yvette’s Website for When the Cypress Whispers

CLICK HERE for the video about When the Cypress Whispers

CLICK HERE for Yvette’s Favorite Recipes

CLICK HERE for the link to the publisher’s page…

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A Conversation with the artist Annita Faitaki, March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016


Sculptor Annita Faitaki “gives form to the energy” of the earth. Faitaki’s organic abstract sculptures are spheres, bodies, and discs that contain faces or face-like amorphisms. They are universally recognizable, but not standard. Faitaki pushes existing forms to surreal limits to explore the dualism of one’s psyche: the good and the evil in each person. Her work deals with our need to live our lives finding harmony within this duality. As people forge their own paths, they seek completion and plentitude, and Faitaki’s sculptures explore these elements in powerful, passionate, and symbolic archetypal forms.

img04Faitaki was born on the island of Crete, Greece and has since lived and worked in both Athens and New York City. Her background gives her the perfect perspective to explore not only the duality of the psyche, but of past and present, memory and modernity. Her works are created from passions of the past, attitudes of the present, and the fears and hopes for the future. They are universal in this, and timeless.

From the Agora Gallery Press release.

CLICK HERE for for Annita’s website.

CLICK HERE for the invitation provided by the Agora Gallery for this exhibition.

CLICK HERE for information about some of the pieces on display at the Agora Gallery.

CLICK HERE for Agora Gallery’s information about this exhibit entitled: From Here to There that closes on March 29.

CLICK HERE for more information about Annita Faitaki at the Agora Gallery.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Annita on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.



An Encore presentation of my conversation with Costa Boutsikaris, director of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective, from October, 2015

March 3, 2016

images-3I hope you enjoy this encore presentation.

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An Encore presentation of my conversation with Anders Nilsen, author of Rage of Poseidon, from February 2015

February 18, 2016



I hope you enjoy this encore presentation. Click below to take you to the original entry for this program.


A conversation with Peter Constantine one of the editors of THE GREEK POETS: Homer to the Present. It originally aired on January 14, 2010

February 4, 2016

Hope you enjoy the program.

Please remember that it will only be on WNYE for fifteen minutes. After 7:15 you will have to listen to the rest of the program at our website:


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