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Tonight, a conversation with Michele Poulos: Poet, Screenwriter and filmmaker. Her most recent film is A Late Style Of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet. April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018

aeffabde02007a525d60935e3fd28ea5Black Laurel has at its center poems that reveal and explore issues related to my identity as a Greek-American writer, discovering the connections that link to the past and present of both Greece and America. Many of the poems work to achieve a layered understanding of a history that has both individual as well as a broader cultural meanings. In thinking about fire and my own collection, some of the poems were written in Greece while others were inspired by the stories I heard from my family—stories dating back to WWII and earlier. For example, one of the poems, “Before My Mother Set Herself on Fire,” was inspired by the story of when the Nazis burned down my relative’s house, and the poem, “When the Wind Falls” reveals the true story of the time a Nazi fighter pilot fired shots at my three relatives (they’re siblings) when they were children—they were forced to seek refuge behind a rock while the pilot searched overhead for them.

from interview in Superstition Review: an online literary magazine

Michele Poulos’s first feature-length documentary film, A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet, had its world premiere at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival in October. The film is an official selection at seven more film festivals including the 2017 Palm 1d3d75fbf011efa391a11d87a9fc0289Beach Int’l Film Festival and the 2017 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She is an award-winning poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker. She holds a BFA in filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA degree in poetry from Arizona State University, and an MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her first full-length collection of poems, Black Laurel, was published by Iris Press in March 2016. Her screenplay, Mule Bone Blues, won the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, and it made it to the second round of the 2017 and 2015 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and f7c6215e794f8a24d4ba0df70182df18the second round in the 2010 Austin Screenplay Contest. She just completed writing two feature-length comedies: GIMME KEYS! that takes place in Greece, and B-MORE that was co-written with a stand-up comic about a stand-up comic. She is currently writing two more screenplays: an animation and a mystery about a young photographer.

CLICK HERE FOR Michele’s website.

CLICK HERE FOR the link to Michele’s FB page.fcfcb875b2e0bf8eab1ccc316b3b22fd

CLICK HERE FOR the trailer for A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet.

CLICK HERE FOR “A Radical Empathy” an Interview with Michele Poulos.

CLICK HERE FOR Everything is required: a Normal interview with Michele Poulos.




Tonight a conversation with Panio Gianopoulos about his new book of stories entitled: How to Get into Our House and Where We Keep the Money. Oct. 26, 2017

March 29, 2018

Sorry for the repeat tonight but it’s a really good show.


Just My Eyes

Panio Gianopoulos is the author of the story collection, How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money, and the novella, A Familiar Beast.

His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Tin House, Northwest Review, Salon, The Rattling Wall, Chicago Quarterly Review, Big Fiction, The Brooklyn Rail, Catamaran Literary Reader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award for Non-Fiction, he has been included in the anthologies The Bastard on the Couch, Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Non-Fiction Reader, and The Encyclopedia of Exes.

from Panio’s website

Tonight I have the good fortune of having a conversation with Panio Gianopoulos about his wonderful collection of stories: How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money.

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Tonight, once again, we’ll be fundraising but there may be a mystery guest or two stopping by to say “hello”. March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018


I’m not going to tell you who the mystery guest or guests may be but I’ve had the good fortune to know one of them for almost as long as I’ve been doing Graffiti…and that, my friend, is a loooooooooooooooooong time.

supportusSo tune in tonight at 7pm at 91.5 on your radio dial or at or at TUNEIN on your smart device.

Yes it is fundraising time again so call in and pledge. You probably know the number by now but if it’s slipped your mind here it is again: 718-204-8900. That number again: 718-204-8900. Call! Pledge!




And remember to call and pledge…718-204-8900.

Tonight we’ll be fundraising but I’ll also be talking to my friend, the artist, Viktor Koen about his TEDxTalk in Scarsdale on March 11, 2018.

March 1, 2018

Artist and Educator
Viktor Koen is an award-winning illustrator, educator, designer, and TED speaker whose artistic works are regularly featured in national and international books and publications from Rolling Stone to ESPN. Koen’s passion for art drives him to teach others about his motives and inspire people each and every day with his wild creations and compelling speeches.

From the TEDxScarsdale website


Viktor and I have been friends for 20+ years now and he never stops amazing me. If you follow him on Facebook you are treated, every few days, to a new piece of art that will grace the cover of some big circulation magazine or the front page of the NYTimes business section or some obscure publication that deals with brain chemistry. It’s always an adventure.

I will be the first to admit to some jealousy. TED is one of a growing number of places on the internet where you can communicate new and interesting ideas. One of the first blog entries I wrote for JUST MY EYES way back in 2009 was about TED. TED, as I said earlier, is now just one of many but it is also one of the earliest and most well-known and I’ve always wanted to do one.


Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Viktor Koen and help out the fundraising campaign on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

CLICK HERE FOR THE TEDxScarsdale website.

CLICK HERE FOR to watch an earlier TEDTalk Viktor gave in Athens.

CLICK HERE FOR Viktor’s website



Tonight, a conversation with Jeff Siger, author of An Aegean April, the 9th book in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series. Feb. 16, 2018

February 15, 2018


The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait.

Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos’ elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He’s weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of refugees onto his island, he rises to prominence in relief efforts he sees as growing increasingly ineffectual.

One evening, after working to stir up support for his breakthrough plan to strike at the heart of the lucrative refugee trafficking trade, he returns to his mansion in darkness—only to fall victim in his own garden to a swishing sword.

A refugee-turned-local-aid-worker is found at the scene, splattered with Volandes’ blood, and swiftly arrested by island police. Case closed—or would be, if young Ali Sera were not working with SafePassage, an NGO (non-government organization), headed on Lesvos by American Dana McLaughlin. McLaughlin is having none of Ali’s arrest. Within hours the phone rings in the Athens office of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, and she’s requesting that Kaldis take over the investigation.

Volandes was a prominent citizen and the crime particularly gruesome. Could it be terrorism or something else? But whether Ali is guilty or framed, Andreas can’t ignore a powerful motive for the murder. Volandes’ daring plan, if implemented, would soon shut down the cash-generating refugee-trafficking pipeline between Turkey and Lesvos.

And so, we’re off on a nail-biting ride with Kaldis and his team through Byzantine island politics, deteriorating diplomatic relations, and a world on fire with intrigues and more brutal deaths.

This ninth Andreas Kaldis thriller once again links modern Greece to its ancient past, the powerful grip of myths upon its people, and cutting edge issues of societal change affecting our world at large.

From the Poisoned Pen Press catalog


I think this will be the seventh time Jeff and I have had the chance to talk about the release of his newest Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery. An Aegean April is a great read.

CLICK HERE FOR information about Jeff from the Poisoned Pen catalog.

CLICK HERE FOR An Aegean April information from Amazon.

CLICK HERE FOR Jeff’s website.


CLICK HERE FOR more information about the Open Mic tomorrow night at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.

Tonight a conversation with Emily Wilson, translator of a beautiful new edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Feb. 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

When I was eight years old, my primary school put on a production of a (much-shortened) Odyssey, complete with costumes, song, and dance. The play starred the cute troublemaker in my class as Odysseus, the headmaster of the school as Polyphemus (the one-eyed monster outwitted by his tiny opponents), and me in pigtails as the goddess Athena.

It was a turning point in my life.

from Emily Wilson’s Translator’s Note for The Odyssey

One of the first things I usually ask all my guests on Graffiti is what I call “The life-path” question: “How have you gotten to where you are today?” Or: “Was there something—an event, maybe—that made you want to become a classicist?”

In many cases their first response is that there was no “turning point”, but when pressed (and I do press) there’s almost always “something”—as shown here in Emily’s case—that made them choose the path they eventually ended up taking.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Emily Wilson on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

ALSO: Please be aware that Emily will be at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, tomorrow night—Friday, February 2, 2018—to talk about her wonderful new translation of The Odyssey. For more information please call the Center at 914.332.5953 or go to the website for ticket information. SEATING IS LIMITED!

CLICK HERE for the publisher’s page for this translation of Homer’s The Odyssey.

CLICK HERE for a variety of press information concerning The Odyssey.

CLICK HERE for A Translator’s Reckoning With the Women of the Odyssey an article by Emily Wilson for The New Yorker (December 8, 2017).

CLICK HERE for Emily’s wikipedia page.

GRAFFITI: A Look back on the programs of 2017. January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018


tumblr_oxc0g1kh6i1qa7n48o1_250I’m still finding it hard to believe that I’m now writing 2018 onbestiary-reading-e-vite everything. Where did 2017 go?

Well here’s a look back on some of the shows I did during the past year. Overall, though I didn’t do as many new shows as I would have liked, I do think it was a good year for GRAFFITI.

Tune in at 7 pm tonight to listen to a collection of clips from five (six if time permits) of 21C_Women_AncientGreekTragedythe shows I did in 2017. Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line tumblr_omsaq55feV1qa7n48o1_250at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

Tonight you’ll be hearing from: Alisa KwitneyProfessor Karen Van DyckNiki Kapsambelis, Dean Kostos and Dr. Katherine Schwab. If there’s time I’ll sneak in a few minutes of the conversation I had with Panio Gianopoulos back in October.

CLICK HERE for more information about Emily Wilson’s new translation of The Odyssey.

CLICK HERE for more information about Ms. Wilson’s appearance at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center on February 2, 2018.

CLICK HERE for the Nitra Gallery.