POI- Despina Kontaxi B – is undoubtedly a great poetess of Greek origin , she boasts of a profound literary arts resume and a well decorated career in letters ,culture arts and poetry. Doctor of Letters , Translator , Spoken word Artist and Educator, Despina is featured in this Special November POI 2017 blog journal to help inspire several literary arts practioners ,poets , writers and artists dotted around the globe ,as well as reminding them that sheer determination , resilience , effort ,patience and creative potential are undefeatable attributes that bring success to our doorsteps for the betterment of self and our countries.
What is your greatest life, artistic, academic and creative
Well, it must be the fact that I never give up when I have a vision or dream. Also the fact that I always try to be a bit better every time I create something, usually poetically. I don’t have one specific in my mind and I think it will be unfair to mention just one or two. So creating is the greatest achievement. To walk on a journey that brings you close to new ideas, cultures and friends is a gift that life gives you.
What roles are you playing in transforming your communities?
I always thought that roles where part of ancient Greek theatre, but since you are asking, inspiring roles I hope. Let us say as a physiotherapist and a poetess. These are my two basic roles. I hope to add a speck of light to what is called Modern Greek poetry by carving a small route on its path. In Greek the word poetry means to mend or to create.
What are your future prospects in your career and your life?
My future prospects to spread arts as much as possible, especially poetry, which is an art that I am really fond of. Artists should co-operate with each other. I believe that this is when the best forms of arts are born. When arts unite miracles can happen.
What is your parting shot to fellow women and girls?
Follow your dreams and don’t give up on them until you achieve them. Also remember that failure is a part of success.
Despina Kontaxis B– a Poetess and Translator was born in Greece on 22 July 1978. She is a recipient of Poeta Crociato Dell’ Unione Mondiale Dei Poeti –Crusader Poet of World Union of Poets (Italy), 1st Book Award by ISGWA for the book “Pravi-100 years of freedom” (Greece), 2nd Award at the 1st International Poetry Competition OLTEPA for the poem “Eros-wine-vineyard” (Greece), Mahatma Fule Talent Research Academy with the Mahatma Fule International Award,(Nagpur, India), 3 World Awards at the World Poetry Competition Interartia for the poems “The fall of Trapezounta”, “Cries” and “Heritage”. Book Award by the International Society of Greek Writers and Artists ISGWA for her book “The loneliness of the bedwalker” (Greece) Book Award “Midnight” by the ISGWA for the book “The purple kiss”(Greece). Honorary Distinction by the Panhellenic Union of Writers at the 26th Delphi Poetry Competition. (Greece), Award “Ares” for the poem “You are the light” at the 1st Mediterranean Poetry Competition (Greece) Metal by the UPLI for her contribution to World Brotherhood and Poetry (Greece).
Award by the ISGWA for the total of her poetry work (Greece), 3 World Awards at the World Poetry Competition Interartia for her poems “Echo of tragedy”, “Gloven balloon” and “Man was made” (Greece), “Award-Metal of Benefator” for the District of Kavala, Greece for her contribution in promoting the area where she lives through the Art of Poetry (Greece). Her poems have been selected by: The UN Disarmament Office, her poem “Hibakusha”, was selected for the top 10 in promoting Disarmament through Poetry (Japan), her poem “Sentimental Parade” was included in the Wedding Anthology “A Royal Romance” by Forward Press for William and Kate (UK). She is a recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Letters (UK) and Honorary Doctor of Poetry (Greece).