Elena Georgiou is the author of the short-story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator (GenPop Books, 2018), and the poetry collections Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants (Harbor Mountain Press) and mercy mercy me (University of Wisconsin), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award. She is also co-editor (with Michael Lassell) of the poetry anthology, The World In Us (St. Martin’s Press). Georgiou has won an Astraea Emerging Writers Award, a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work appears in journals such as BOMB, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Gargoyle, Lumina, MiPoesia, and Spoon River Review. She is an editor at Tarpaulin Sky Press and the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College.

Georgiou is an English-Cypriot originally from London, where she spent the first twenty-seven years of her life.  Since then, she has lived in the US — first in New York, now in Vermont. She maintains a website at elenageorgiou.com.



GenPop Books, Feb 2018.
Short Stories. 180 pages. Paperback.
ISBN 9780998512648

Also available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound, or through our distributors, SPD.

If luck is on an author’s side, a book reaches its audience at the right time. Elena Georgiou’s The Immigrant’s Refrigerator can confidently make this claim. Populated with a cast of characters that shine the light on what it means to be an outsider in the early part of the 21st century, this story collection takes its reader into the private lives of those who have entered a country legally, others who were forced to enter illegally, and the rest who call a country home as a result of birth; characters searching for what they need to sustain them on their journeys towards a future that will not only be a place of refuge, but also one of hope.

“Quiet, yet powerful stories…. Georgiou’s timely collection will appeal to any reader interested in immigration issues.” (BOOKLIST) “Keen, sobering work…. Lambda Literary Award–winning poet, Georgiou portrays immigrants to America, both legal and illegal, in heartfelt, no-nonsense prose. (LIBRARY JOURNAL: “The Art of the Short Story: 16 New Collections Reveal the Best of a Flourishing Genre”) “Exquisite… At a moment when America’s political response to The Other is triggering a national crisis of conscience, these poignant stories remind us of the vital role that human compassion plays in bridging ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic divides.” (AIMEE LIU) “A quietly devastating collection of stories about loners, craving love and connection, trying to survive in a world where war is always raging somewhere and happiness is a phantom of the future…. And still, it is a celebration of life in all of its scars and joys, chance and invention, awe and longing to be seen, and, over and over, a testament to the tender, transformative power of acceptance and love.” (RAHNA REIKO RIZZUTO) “Elena Georgiou is a dazzlingly good writer. The thirteen stories in The Immigrant’s Refrigerator are stirring, wise, and keenly alert to the longings and contradictions that impel their beguiling characters. I loved this collection.” (JOHN MCMANUS)


(reverse chronology)

11 October 2018: Fairfax, VA
Award Cermeony
Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award
Finalists: Elena Georgiou, Hernán Díaz, and Renee Macalino Rutledge
George Mason University
4400 University Drive

30 September 2018: Calais, VT
Elena Georgiou with Rick Agran
Words Out Loud Reading Series
Old West Church
758 Old W Church Road

24 April 2018: Montpelier, VT
VT Book launch for Elena Georgiou’s The Immigrant’s Refrigerator
Fundraiser for the VT Refugee Relocation Project (VRRP)
Reading & Q & A
7pm at Bear Pond Books

12 April 2018: Pittsfield, MA
Elena Georgiou at Berkshire Community College
1350 West St
Time TBD

4 April 2018: Lincroft, NJ
Elena Georgiou and Haroon Moghul
Refuge: Literary Readings from Diverse Writers
7-9pm in the Warner Center
Brookdale Community College

19 February 2018: Port Townsend, WA
Elena Georgiou withRebecca Brown and Keenan Norris
4:45 to 5:45pm
Fort Worden
Reading Room
Building 204

15 February 2018: Seattle, WA
Elena Georgiou, Micheline Aharoninan Marcom, and Rebecca Brown
7pm @ Elliott Bay Books

13 February 2018: Boston, MA
Elena Georgiou and KL Pereira
Boston Public Library
Time 6 pm

18 January 2018: Brooklyn, NY
Book Launch for Elena Georgiou’s The Immigrant’s Refrigerator
7:30pm @ Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St in Fort Greene

16 November 2017: NYC
Jezebels Revisited, with Kelli DunhamElena Georgiou, and Lauren Sanders
7pm @ KGB Bar
85 E 4th St


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