Irene Pozoukidis was born with a love for words—first in Greek and then English. Although a native of Connecticut, she was raised in Greece by her grandmother until the age of three. She wrote her first story at the age of ten and still holds the original copy. Irene rediscovered her love of writing while in graduate school. She took a summer writing class with Patricia Reilly Giff in 2008 who praised her fiction for both its empathetic characters and dialogue. In 2011, her essay, detailing her triumph over childhood cancer, won a fifth place cash prize and was published in the Daily Voice's Close to My Heart contest. Irene recently completed her first picture book manuscript entitled Little Miss Emily Blue and the Candy Monster. Irene's studies and work experience have given her a broad insight into the fantastic world inhabited by children. As such, her writing embodies the values of children including: imagination, laughter, curiosity, and most importantly—a heart open to the seemingly impossible. Irene currently holds a masters degree in elementary education and will soon begin work as a middle school writing coach in Berkeley, CA. She is a member of Red Room, the SCBWI, and creatively inspires others with her blog: www.rinibydesign.blogspot.com
Creative Writing, Poetry, Art (from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to the Impressionist to the Contemporary Artists), Dance/Theatre, Photography, Foreign Languages/Cultures.
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