Manos (Emmanouil) Melissourgakis is a man of many talents and passions, whose life journey has taken him from the world of education and chemistry to the realms of literature and painting. Born in Athens, Greece, he embarked on a career as an educator, but the call of chemistry soon beckoned him to further his studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he graduated as a chemist.
In 1975, Manos opened his own chemist’s shop in Athens, a venture that has thrived for nearly five decades. His commitment to science and the well-being of his community is evident in his long-standing career.
However, Manos Melissourgakis is not a man content with just one passion. Over the years, he has ventured into the rich worlds of literature and art, enriching his life and the lives of those who have had the pleasure of experiencing his work.
In the realm of literature, Manos has made a significant impact. He has penned a diverse array of literary creations, including poetry, novels, short stories, and fairy tales. His writing talents have not gone unnoticed, as “Kedros” Publications have published five of his books, each offering a unique perspective on life and the human experience.
These published works include:
- Cloudless Light (Poetry, 2015): A collection of poems that explore the interplay of light and emotions, painting vivid imagery through words.
- Light and Shadows (Poetry, 2017): Manos delves deeper into the human psyche, navigating the complex dance of light and shadows in our lives.
- Undeclared Victories (Novel, 2019): A novel that unravels the intricacies of victories that often go unsung, hidden beneath the surface of our existence.
- Spiral Galaxies (Poetry, 2021): In this collection, Manos takes readers on a poetic journey through the vastness of the cosmos and the human soul.
- On Vereniki’s Wings (Poetry, 2022): Poetry that soars on the wings of imagination, inviting readers to explore the ethereal.
His literary prowess extends beyond Greek borders, with translations of his poetry into English, Italian, Ukrainian, and Arabic, making his work accessible to a global audience. Manos has also contributed to numerous anthologies, encyclopedias, and annual literary publications, receiving recognition and awards in both international and Greek poetry competitions.
Notably, his bilingual poetry collection, “Unwasteful Blue,” published by Writers International Edition, was honored with the prestigious Panorama Golden Book Award in 2023, cementing his place in the literary world.
While his writing has garnered acclaim, Manos Melissourgakis has another artistic passion close to his heart—painting. His artistic endeavors have led him to participate in various exhibitions in Greece and abroad, where his works have captivated audiences. His commitment to artistic expression was further recognized when he received an award at the Panorama International Arts Festival 2022 by Writers Capital International Foundation, which focused on the theme “Stop cruelty towards Animals.”
Manos Melissourgakis, a man of many talents and boundless creativity, continues to inspire through his words, brushstrokes, and unwavering dedication to the arts. His latest novel, “Heroic Days,” released in March 2023, promises to be another captivating addition to his literary legacy.
You can explore Manos Melissourgakis’s literary works, including “Unwasteful Blue,” on Amazon and delve into the diverse tapestry of his artistic expressions.