Kallia Papadaki

Kallia Papadaki was born in Didymoteicho in 1978 and grew up in Thessaloniki. She studied economics at Bard College and Brandeis University in the USA and film at Stavrakos’ Film School in Greece. Her critically-acclaimed short-story collection The Back-Lot Sound (2009) won the Diavazo Journal New Writers Award. Her second book, Lavender in December (2011), was a poetry collection. Her third book, Dendrites (2015), was awarded the Clepsidra Best Young Author Prize and the European Prize for Literature 2017. Both her short stories and poems have been published in international anthologies and literary journals. She works as a professional screenwriter. September, her first feature script won, the 2010 International Balkan Fund script development award, received the Nipkow Scholarship in Berlin, and premiered at the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF (official competition). Forty days, currently in development, is her second script.


Select Bibliography

  • The Back-Lot Sound, (interconnected short-stories) Polis Editions, 2009

  • Dendrites, (novel) Polis Editions, 2015
    [Rights sold: Bulgaria, S. Yancheva – Izida (forthcoming) / FYROM Macedonia, TRI Publishing Centre (forthcoming) / Serbia, Izdavačka kuća ŠTRIK (forthcoming) / Albania, Fan Noli (forthcoming) / Croatia, VBZ (forthcoming)]


Praise for The Back-lot Sound:

“An impressive debut.”

Demosthenis Kourtovik, Ta Nea, 28/03/2009

“Her literary prowess takes a hold of and shakes the reader free of any preconceptions from the get-go.”

Michela Hartoulari, Vilviodromio, 28/12/2009


Praise for Dendrites:

“One of the best Greek novels of the last few years … truly exceptional.”

Aris Demokidis, Lifo Magazine, 22/04/2017

“A deeply poetic book … of great beauty … (that) will leave an indelible mark.”

Katerina Schina, Books Journal, 11/01/2016

“The (book’s) two female characters belong next to the totemic personas of Greek literature.”

Roula Georgakopoulou, Amagi, 10/18/2015

“Exceptional … had it been written in English it would have caused a stir.”

Titika Dimitroulia, Le Monde diplomatique gr, 14/06/2015

“Dendrites might be the best Greek novel of the summer.”

Aspasia Koulyra, Popaganda, 14/08/2015