Interview with Eva Pirpinia

Describe your desk
Very small, classy and messy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece, a city built by the sea. The sea has always been a frequent element in my poetry and the kind of place I go to when I want to escape. My memories in Thessaloniki as a teenager and the nostalgia are always very prominent in my writing. Due to the post-2008 major economic crisis, Thessaloniki started looking very different to the city I have been used to growing up. Businesses have closed and universities have suffered major budget cuts. This despair and chaos are reflected in my poetry very frequently, as well as the feeling of estrangement and urban solitude.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry at 11, in Greek. I have been writing poetry in English for 8 years now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to engage with fellow poetry writers and readers and exchange perspectives as well as the desire to write about different things and offer unique perspectives.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like YA fiction and poetry.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Documenting my emotions and experiences.
Published 2015-07-28.
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Books by This Author

Vagary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Vagary: an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion (Merriam-Webster) Vagary is my journey from teens to adulthood, an apology & explanation to the people around me. Growing up in Greece, the second half of my teens was marked by the beginning of a severe economic crisis that fundamentally changed the way I saw the world & myself. The poems are my thoughts and fears.