Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Joanna Eleftheriou

Assistant Professor of Literature

University of Houston - Clear Lake

College of Human Sciences and Humanities


PhD in English (Creative Dissertation), University of Missouri, 2015

MFA (Creative Nonfiction), Old Dominion University, 2008

BA in English, Cornell University, 2001

Principal Publications

Literary Criticism 

“Is Genre Ever New? Theorizing the Lyric Essay in its Historical Context,” (article) Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies 4.1, Fall 2017
“Essay, Memoir or Both? Hunger of Memory and the Problem of Nonfiction Hybrids,” (article) Prick of the Spindle 6, April 2014

Creative Nonfiction 

“Cyprus Pride,” (chapter of This Way Back) Bellingham Review 76, Spring 2018 (forthcoming)
“The Ropes of Desire,” (chapter of This Way Back) The Tusculum Review 14, 2018 (forthcoming)
“Ithacas,” (chapter from This Way Back) 3Elements Review 17, January 2018
“Freedom’s Bones,” (essay) Switchgrass Review 3, Spring 2017
“Wild Honey, Locust Beans,” (lyric essay) Arts and Letters 33, Fall 2016
“Snow on Sunday,” (short memoir) St. Katherine’s Review, October 2011
“She and I,” (lyric essay) Broad River Review 42, Spring 2011
“Moonlight,” (lyric essay) Chautauqua 7, 2010
“The Other Side,” (short memoir) Crab Orchard Review 14.2, Fall 2009


“You Ask,” Sinister Wisdom 106, October 2017
“Lover Remembers Cavafy,” Postcard Poems and Prose, April 2014
“A Daughter Reads a Cavafy Poem that Could Be Speaking to Her Father,” Niche 4, April 2014
“Argonaut Remembers His Journey,” St. Sebastian Review 4.1, March 2014
“Landscapes for Sale,” The Voices Project, December 2013 
“Unkempt Jasmine,” Illuminations 29, Summer 2013 
“Hypothesis of Love,” Skin to Skin: A Journal of Lesbian Art, Spring 2012


“More Bones,” The Quotable 12, February 2014 
“Deserters,” Palooka 2, Spring 2011
“Reunion,” Apalachee Review 60, Spring 2010

Book Reviews, Conference Proceedings, and Translations

Carolyn Forché, “On the Island of Theologos,” (English to Greek, with Erika Voelzer) Poetix, Spring-Summer 2016
Review of Ruin: Essays in Exilic Living, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Journal of Modern Greek Studies 34.1, May 2016
“Theorizing Nonfiction: Sidestepping Boundaries between the Theoretical and the Creative,” (conference proceedings) Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. December 2015
“Propaganda From a Greek Island,” (Greek to English, with Christopher Bakken) The Common, November 2011
Subtitles for the film Comme des Lions de Pierre dir. Olivier Zuchuat (Greek to English), 2011
“Interview with a French Orthodox Christian,” (French to Greek) Neoskopos 1, 2005

University of Houston - Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Box 73
Houston, Texas 77058-1002

(281) 283-3480

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Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies


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