Biography

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Kostas Kokossis was born in Athens-Greece (1951). After completing his studies, he joined the Foreign Service (1976-2012). He was posted to Turkey, Belgium, Cyprus, USA, Ethiopia, Albania and the Czech Republic.

He is the author of the novels:

  • “The Emergence of the West” (Alexandria,2004),
  • “Diversion” (Iolkos, 2010)
  • “Achilles’ Long Journey” (Alexandria, 2010) which was translated in Czech (“Achileas, Achil, nebo…nic”, edited by “Vydava- Telstvi Rula, 2011)
  • “12 Short Poems for Faint-hearted Times” ( 2014, AΩ Editions)
  • The Troupers (Andy’s Publishers, 2017)

His portrait is captivated skillfully via the eyes of Michael Mecner.

In 2015, he was awarded the Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression. The prize—a bronze statue by the renowned Czech artist Olbram Zoubek—honors the memory of Spiros Vergos—poet, diplomat, journalist—who resisted the dictatorship in Greece in 1967 and was forced to flee. Returning to Athens in 1974, he combined a diplomatic career with literature. His publications include three collections of poetry—Anonymies, Testimony of Death, and Roots in Time—and Meanwhile, a selection of essays. Spiros Vergos directed the Festival in 2005 and died in Prague in 2007.

Constantine Kokossis receives the prize for his profound commitment to intellectual, political and social freedom. Constantine Kokossis’ energies go well beyond the political and literary sphere—his devotion to the Athens Community Polyclinic and Pharmacy plays an integral part in the rise of solidarity clinics throughout Greece. In addition, Mr. Kokossis attends to the immediate medical needs of the daily influx of refugees arriving in Athens. His selflessness is an act of freedom.

Previous winners of the Prize include Natalia Gorbanevskaya, Adonis, Peter Matthiessen, Saadi Yousef, Juan Goytisolo, and Günter Grass.