Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Joanna Eleftheriou

Assistant Professor of English

Christopher Newport University

Department of English


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

“Black Stone,” Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters, August 2019
“Cyprus Pride,” Bellingham Review 76, Fall 2018
“The Rope of Desires,” The Tusculum Review 14, 2018
“Ithacas,” 3Elements Review 17, January 2018
“Freedom’s Bones,” Switchgrass Review 3, Spring 2017
“Wild Honey, Locust Beans,” Arts and Letters 33, Fall 2016
“Snow on Sunday,” St. Katherine’s Review, October 2011
“She and I,” Broad River Review 42, Spring 2011
“Moonlight,” Chautauqua 7, 2010
“The Other Side,” 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

Christopher Newport University
McMurran Hall 227
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606

(757) 594-7685

Department website

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Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies


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