Avgi Lilli is a Greek-Cypriot poet and a script writer who is based in Nicosia, Cyprus.
She has published two poetry collections; The Slaughter of the Century (2018) and Rough notes on a life vest (: Πρόχειρες σημειώσεις πάνω σ’ ένα σωσίβιο) (2011). Poems of hers have been translated in English, Spanish and Turkish.
She is also interested in the multidisciplinary aspects of poetry and its interaction with visual and performance art. As a poet she focuses on the deconstruction (“distillation”) of language and meaning. Her poetry has been characterised as a refreshing feminist poetics of fragmentation.
She was one of the poets participating in European Poetry Festival 2019 in London. Hew participation was supported by the Cultural Services in Cyprus.
She has written dramatic monologues for the stage and co-written scripts for short film productions [The Call (2020) written with Marios Prsaras; Drained (2020) written with Anna Fotiadou].
She studied Classics and Modern Greek Philology and holds a PhD in Modern Greek Philology (University of Athens, 2017). Her thesis focuses on the work of Modern Greek postwar novelist Alexandros Kotzias (1926-1992). Her main academic interests lie on intertextuality in Modern Greek and contemporary Greek poetry, Ancient Greek mythology and its contemporary perception, as well as the Modern Greek post-war novel and its polyphonic genre.