Stella Pierides grew up in Athens, Greece. She now divides her time between London, UK and Neusaess, Germany. She is married and has two adult daughters.
Stella trained as a psychotherapist and worked at a crisis center and in private practice in London, UK for many years. More recently, she gained an MA in Literature, with Distinction, from the Open University, UK. For the last few years, she focuses on writing prose and poetry. She project manages the Per Diem feature of the The Haiku Foundation.
Stella's work has been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. She has coedited and contributed to Even Paranoids Have Enemies (Routledge, 1998) and Beyond Madness (under Stella Pierides-Muller, JKP, 2002). Recent book: a collection of micropoetry and haiku titled “In the Garden of Absence” (Fruit Dove Press, 2012 – poetry) for which she received the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2013 (3rd place) for books published in 2012, and “Feeding the Doves” (Fruit Dove Press, 2013 – short stories; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Feeding-Doves-Short-Stories-Haibun/dp/3944155033
Her selections for the theme “Haiku of the Senses” appeared in the THF’s Per Diem: Daily Haiku feature, March 2012, and can be viewed in the THF Per Diem Archive. She project manages the Per Diem feature.
Stella is a member of English PEN, the Haiku Society of America, and the British Haiku Society. She is also listed in the The Haiku Foundation‘s Haiku Registry.
Places to find Stella's work:
The Haiku Foundation‘s Haiku Registry: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/poet-details/?IDclient=969
Stella’s Stones: http://stellasstones.tumblr.com
Diogen, Sept 2012, http://diogen.weebly.com/uploads/4/6/8/8/4688084/stella_pierides_germany_united_kingdom.pdf
In the Garden of Absence:
“In Pierides’s meditations, imagination takes center stage, as do imaginary gardens, real toads, and their negative space… The result is a welcome debut in which the reader will find much to admire.”
“Briefly Reviewed,” Frogpond, 36-1, Spring 2013 "
“This is an engaging collection…”
"Briefly Noted," Modern Haiku (44:2, summer 2013):
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In the Garden of Absence
by Stella Pierides
Stella Pierides' collection of poetry/haiku "In the Garden of Absence" takes you on a journey echoing the author's childhood. Yet it does so in the context of adult concerns, uncertainties, and anxieties—as well as pleasures. This book explores the existential fear of loneliness, the many facets of absence, and glimpses a path towards bearing absence and being creatively alone.
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