bio

Academic, musician, creative writer and performing artist Maria Kouvarou grew up with two major loves: music and literature. The former became her main learning interest, which she followed through music schools and universities in Cyprus, Greece and the UK. After acquiring her first degree in Music Studies at Ionian University, she moved to Durham where she completed her MA (by Research) in Aesthetics of Music, and her PhD in Aesthetics of Music (with a specific Sociological direction) under the guidance of Prof. Max Paddison. Her research interests are firmly grounded in sociological readings of music, while philosophy and critical theory are featured heavily in her academic and artistic thought. During these years of study, Maria remained active as a performer, songwriter and creative writer, mostly of poetry. She has published three poetry collections (2017, 2018, 2023) a novella (2019), and a number of short stories and poems in various anthologies. Her work has been awarded and acknowledged at literary competitions.

Aside from writing quietly at her house, Maria performs regularly at various spoken word events, bridging her background in performance with her identity as a writer. She also stages experimental performances with live poetry looping and soundscaping. She is one of the founding members of Collectiva Inanna, the co-producer and co-presenter of the literary-themed radio show, “Λογοτεχνία στα ερτζιανά [Literature on the airwaves]”, and the producer and presenter of the radio show “Made in Cyprus“, which is dedicated to the abundance of popular music styles created in Cyprus.

Maria is always open to new creative challenges and everything that can be learned in the process, and is looking forward to seeing where life’s journey – creative in its own way – is going to take her next. To respond to it, she has her musical, literary, and performative tools.