Makis Tsitas

  • Greece

Makis Tsitaswas born in Giannitsa in 1971. He majored in journalism and worked for several radio stations in Thessaloniki. Since 1994 he has lived in Athens where he works in publishing. He has served as senior editor for the literary magazine Periplous (1994-2005), and was the co-publisher and director of the book journal Index (2006-2011). From 2012 to the present he has been directing Diastixo.gr, a website on books and culture.

He is a member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society.

His literary works have been included in anthologies, published in magazines and newspapers, and translated into German, French, Spanish, English, Hebrew, Albanian, Bulgarian, Polish, Swedish, Finnish, and Italian.

Some of his works have also been staged and directed by Roula Pateraki (Pireaus Municipal Theater), Ersi Vasilikioti (Theatro ton Keron), Sophia Karagianni (Vault Theater), Taru Makela (Christine and Goran Schildt Foundation, Finland), Alexandru Mazgareanu (Nottara Theater, Romania).

His lyrics have been set to music by Giorgos Stavrianos, Takis Soukas, and Tatiana Zografou

He has published 23 books for children and 4 for adults.

His novel God Is My Witness, earned him the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature and honors by the Municipalities of Athens, Pella, and Edessa, the Central Public Library of Edessa, as well as the Region of Central Macedonia.

God Is My Witness is available in 12 European languages.