Sofia Manouki: Papercut

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Sofia Manouki is the UG’s nineteenth poet-in-residence and the first international student in this position. The master student of Religion, Conflict and Globalisation impressed the jury with her bold and powerful poems: ‘The verses seem to jump off the paper and keep us thinking, long after one has finished reading them.’

Sofia Manouki grew up in Athens and is of mixed race – half Greek and half Japanese -, so she is bilingual from an early age. While studying at the American college of Greece, she had the opportunity to pursue her interest in American and British literature and realize that vast literary wealth can be unlocked by learning foreign languages. She started writing prose and waas able to win the first price for short-stories in English in high school magazine competitions twice. Only this year she discovered she wanted to write poetry. ‘It’s a pity it took me this long, because poetry is the quickest, most direct way tos trike someone with your truth.’

Papercut, ISBN 9789403420387, bundel van de negentiende huisdichter van de Rijkuniversiteit Groningen.

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