Presentation by Creator & Former Writer/Editor of WindyCity Greek journal Maria A. Karamitsos
CHICAGO—After a two-year hiatus as a result of pandemic, on Could 19, the Chicago Literary Corridor of Fame (CLHOF) will welcome three extraordinary literary figures, together with Acclaimed Greek-American Creator Harry Mark Petrakis; Period Bell Thompson, a memoirist and trailblazing journalist who labored for Negro Digest and Ebony, amongst different distinguished publications; and Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Lisel Mueller. Chicago-based Creator and Former Writer/Editor of WindyCity Greek journal Maria A. Karamitsos will induct Petrakis, who died final yr at age 97. The occasion will happen at The Poetry Basis, 61 W. Superior in Chicago.
The CLHOF honored Petrakis in 2014, with their coveted Fuller Award. Upon his passing the board unanimously voted his ascension to its canon of necessary writers.
Born in St. Louis however raised in Chicago, to Father Mark and Presvytera Stella Petrakis, the creator penned some 24 books, amongst them fiction, essay collections, a number of memoirs, and biographies. His essays and quick tales have appeared in quite a few publications. Amongst his most notable books are A DREAM OF KINGS, which was tailored into a significant movement image starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas; and THE HOUR OF THE BELL, a historic novel set in opposition to the Greek Struggle of Independence. His last e-book, SONG OF MY LIFE, a memoir, was maybe his most private and most reflective.
Over time, Petrakis obtained a number of accolades and awards, together with the coveted O. Henry Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. He held an Honorary Physician of Humane Letters from the American Faculty of Greece, plus 5 further honorary doctorates from Hellenic Faculty, the College of Illinois, Indiana College Northwest, Roosevelt College, and Governors State College. From 1991-1992, he held the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair in Fashionable Greek Research at San Francisco State College.
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Petrakis drew inspiration from his heritage and tradition, writing multidimensional Greek immigrant characters looking for the American Dream. Although his themes have been common and relatable to different ethnic teams, his work helped usher Greek-Individuals into the mainstream.
Maria A. Karamitsos will induct the late prolific creator. She has been a constructive voice in Greek media since 2002. She was the Founder, Writer, & Editor of WindyCity Greek journal, and served as Affiliate Editor & Senior Author for The Greek Star newspaper. Her work has been printed in Neo journal, The Nationwide Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots Sauce Radio, Ladies.Who.Write, XPAT ATHENS, and extra. She’s contributed to 3 books: Greektown Chicago: Its Historical past, Its Recipes; The Chicago Space Ethnic Handbook; and the inaugural Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal essay assortment. She’s simply accomplished her first novel, a multigenerational story advised by way of the lens of a Greek household in Chicago, that examines the immigrant household code of conduct: ‘What’s going to folks say’, the place one mistake may value every part, and the way far a household will go to guard its popularity and livelihood.
Over time, Karamitsos interviewed the creator many instances, they usually developed a friendship. “Harry Mark Petrakis is one among my literary idols. As a Greek-American, as a author, he and his work meant a lot to me,” she stated. “After our many interviews, we had an ongoing communication. He taught me loads. He cheered me on as I wrote my novel. How many individuals can say they’ve had the chance to interview, know, and obtain encouragement from one among their idols? After I wanted a robust, no-nonsense feminine character, I based mostly it on his mom. He stated he was honored and wished to learn it, however sadly, I didn’t end it earlier than he handed away.”
The creator’s son, John, an affiliate adjunct professor within the Movie, Video and New Media Division on the College of the Artwork Institute of Chicago, will settle for the award on behalf of the household.
The ceremony will start at 7:00 pm. It’s free and open to the general public, however registration is required.