September 28, 2017
Manolis Aligizakis, the owner and an author of Libros Libertad, has won the FIRST POETRY PRIZE for 2017 awarded by the Mihai Eminescu Academy in Craiova, Romania. The Academy gives First and Second Poetry Prize awards during an annual literary festival that usually last about a week. Manolis Aligizakis received the First Poetry Prize for the year 2017.
The Academy commemmorates Mihai Eminescu, a poet, novelist and journalist who is regarded as one of the most influential Romanian poet, by holding an annual International Poetry Festival with invitees from around the world who gather in Craiova, the cultural capital of Romania, to present their works in their mother tongue and in Romanian.
Statement by the Winner
‘Each and with his weapons, said Odysseus Elytis, and the weapons, tools-means, a poet has are his images and the use of language through which he expresses his view of the cosmos and how this cosmos may become a better place for all. This is my belief and for this I write poetry with the hope that my followers-readers will improve their way of seeing the world and I shall be able to discover who Manolis truly is.’
~ Manolis Aligizakis