Hellenic American Women’s Council Presents Author Stephanie Cotsirilos on May 18

CHICAGO – The Hellenic American Women’s Council – Great Lakes Region (HAWC) will welcome author Stephanie Cotsirilos for a book discussion and reading at Lincolnwood Public Library in Lincolnwood, Illinois, on May 18. The event will be moderated by journalist and author Maria A. Karamitsos.

Tapping a multiracial family and prior careers on Broadway and in law, Stephanie Cotsirilos writes about injustice, humor, and resilience. She is an essayist in Beacon Press’ award-winning anthology ‘Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Family.’ Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Narrative Magazine, Mississippi Review, The New Guard, and various media. Her songs and scripts were produced in New York. An alumna of the 2023 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Cotsirilos was Katahdin (formerly Patrice Krant) Fellow in residence at Storyknife’s inaugural retreat for women writers in Alaska and holds degrees in comparative literature, music, and law from Brown and Yale. A native of Chicago, she lives and writes in Portland, Maine.

Karamitsos is the founder and former publisher/editor of WindyCity Greek magazine. Her work has been published in various Greek media and other publications. An author and poet, she’s contributed to two books about Chicago Greeks and one of her poems appears in The Magic of Us, A Moms Who Write Poetry Anthology. She recently completed her first novel.

My Xanthi by Stephanie Cotsirilos. Photo: Courtesy of the author

Following the discussion, Cotsirilos will read and sign copies of her highly acclaimed novella, ‘My Xanthi’ (independently published, 2023). The event will begin at 2 PM at Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 Pratt Avenue in Lincolnwood, IL. Her book is available for pre-order via a special partnership with Volumes Bookcafe, a Greek-owned bookshop in Chicago, and will be delivered to the event. Visit the author’s website at www.stephaniecotsirilos.com.

RSVP via email: [email protected].

Additional information about the event and/or about joining HAWC is also available vie email.

The Hellenic American Women’s Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nationwide network whose mission is to identify and harness the tremendous talents of Hellenic-American women. HAWC sponsors regional conferences, lectures, debates, and seminars by prominent scholars, government officials, and experts on various issues of interest to its membership. Membership is open to all.

For more information about HAWC, visit www.hawcnet.org.


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