Sophia Kouidou-Giles was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and university educated in the USA. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. In her 34 year child welfare career, she served as a practitioner, educator, researcher and administrator publishing articles in Greek and English professional journals with a focus on child welfare services to abused/neglected children, and statewide responsibilities in child care licensing and adolescent services for youth in foster care in the State of Washington.
In recent years, her focus has shifted to writing non-fiction and poetry. Her memoir, Επιστροφή Στη Θεσσαλονίκη, published by Tyrfi Press in Greek, in 2019, is available in all Greek bookstores and in the US direct from the Author. It is forthcoming in the English language by She Writes Press in the Fall of 2021 with the title Sophia's Return. Her poetry chapbook Transitions and Passages received recognition in a juried competition by the Contemporary Quilt Art when she worked in partnership with Deborah Gregory, an internationally known Quilt Artist. In 2014, Life on Egypt Street placed 9th in the Fourth International short story competition and in an anthology entitled The Time Collection.
The literary journal Persimmon Tree published a chapter of her upcoming memoir entitled Under the Azure Greek Sky, in its spring 2016 issue. Her writing has appeared in the following journals: The Hellenic Voice, Assay, The Raven's Perch, The Blue Nib, The Writers and Readers Magazine. See more https://sophiakouidougiles.contently.com/
She lives in Seattle near her son, her daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
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