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.
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 (available to purchase through this website - US & Canada). It was published in the English language by She Writes Press with the title Sophia's Return: Uncovering My Mother's Past, (available to purchase thought this website - US & Canada, and your local bookstore). 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. Life on Egypt Street placed 9th in the Fourth International short story competition and in an anthology entitled The Time Collection. She has contributed an essay in another anthology Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis, (proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen, in support of Ukraine). Her novel, An Unexpected Ally is available to purchase through this website - US & Canada, and your local bookstore. The sequel, and standalone, Circle of Peace, is forthcoming in March 2025 (available to pre-order through this website - US & Canada).
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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