Kleitos Kyrou was born in Thessaloniki in 1921. He worked in banking (1951-83), and was general secretary of the State Theatre of Northern Greece (1974-76).
He has contributed to many literary journals and written theatre reviews. His poems have been translated into several languages. In 1988 he was awarded the Second State Prize for Poetry, which he declined.
He translates poetry (including work by Eliot, Pound, Macleish, Auden, Keats, Apollinaire, Lorca and Neruda), and drama (Ford, Marlowe, Lorca and Shelley).
Kyrou won the Greek Translators’ Society Award in 1981 for his translation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and the State Translation award in 1984 for his translation of Shelley’s The Cenci, both of which were published by Agra.
Poems, translated by Thorn Nairn and Dionyssia Zervanou. Edinburgh: Dionysia Press, 2000. 60 pp.
Original Title: [Selected Poems]