QCA's WordFeast program presents a reading of a short story-in-progress by Greek writer Panagiota Lilikaki.  Panagiota will be reading from her long term work in progress: Mourning baba: A Translation in Mourning in Greek. The diary entries, of over 25 years, revisit the sorrow of losing the writer’s father, baba, the seeking of happiness after the loss and the power of love. Mourning diaries examine the proper way of mourning the dead within the Greek culture and the failure to follow the tradition.  Panagiota will be accompanied by guitarist-composer Spiros Exaras and Iranian American poet and translator Roger Sederat. Traditional Greek cuisine will be served and a Q&A will follow the reading.

Friday, June 10th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave (Entrance on 37th St)
Astoria, NY 11101

FREE Admission
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Panagiota Lilikaki, a native of Greece, has earned her BA in English and secondary education and her MFA  in literary translation and playwriting at Queens College. Her Bed Monologues, a life journey, through bed lessons, of a young girl, Chryssanthi, who comes to America to realize that all her valuable lessons are useless,have been part of the Queens Stories radio show during the Summer Performing Arts Festival at Queens College; the reading series at KGB Bar sponsored by Ducts.org; the  Bernice reading series and the Cornelia café.  She has also translated a contemporary Greek play, by Chryssa Spilioti Guess Who Discovered America and was two times finalist in the Hanging Loose competition. She is currently teaching Greek as a Second Language and English at the Cathedral School in Manhattan.  



Rogers the author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio University Press's Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). In addition to teaching creative writing (poetry and literary translation) in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York, he teaches and writes on such academic interests as 19th and 20th century American literature as well as Middle Eastern-American literature. Currently, Roger is working toward translating a full-length collection of ghazals by the 14th century Sufi Persian poet, Hafez.



Born and raised in Greece, Spiros studied clasical guitar and music composition at the Athens Conservatory of Music, where he obtained his master's degrees. A great explorer on his instrument, he always liked to perform different styles such as jazz, rock and world music. Spiros became the lead guitarist of numerous prominent composers and singers at an early age. He has performed and recorded with Evanthia Reboutsika, Mario Frangoulis, Kostas Hatzis, Elias Andriopoulos, Alkistis Protopsalti, Yannis Markopoulos, Kostas Karalis and Antonis Kaloyannis, among others.


QCA’s multicultural WordFeast is a series of FREE public readings by 4 Queens-based authors who write in languages other than English. The readings will be held in varying sites throughout the borough selected to provide a specific culinary and literary experience for audiences. Each piece will be presented in several ways: in its original language; in translated form; and in a creative interpretation by a collaborating artist. The venue selection will immerse audiences in an intimate “cultural salon” environment with special food that enhance the literary event. Audiences will experience these literary works through different lenses with a heightened awareness and deeper appreciation designed to increase demand for literature that exists outside of mainstream access.

The curatorial approach to the series highlights writers who represent the cultural diversity of Queens County. Writers selected for the reading series are poetry and creative prose authors that QCA has previously funded through the Queens Art Fund, who have participated in our professional development program, are members of our Literary Artist Leader Circles, and/or were part of our Queens in Love with Literature (QUILL) program and our Immigrant Writers Initiative. To reach as many Queens authors as possible, QCA conducts town hall meetings and participates with the Office of the Queens Borough President in the selection of the Queens Poet Laureate. From these activities, QCA has a list of writers representing the borough demographically in terms of language and ethnicity and with regard to literary form/genre. 

All responses will be kept confidential. Filling out this form helps us to learn more about you – our audience members – and provides us with the tools to demonstrate our impact to this program’s funders, encouraging them to continue to invest in subsidized cultural activities like this and in QCA. Questions? Please email: ArtService@queenscouncilarts.org