Anastasios (Tommy) Mihalopoulos

Poetry | Youngstown State University | Class of 2023

Burials at Sea is a poetry collection that confronts a lost heritage, the complicated ethnography of Greece, and one’s grappling with identity as it relates to the Greek diaspora. The work interacts with classic mythologies such as The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as Greece’s modern history as a means of understanding grief, home-seeking, and our ancestral ties to the sea.


About Tommy

Anastasios Mihalopoulos is a Greek/Italian American from Boardman, Ohio. He will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of New Brunswick this coming fall. He received his B.S. in both chemistry and English from Allegheny College. His work has appeared in Foothill Poetry Journal, West Trade Review, Erγon, The Decadent Review, and elsewhere. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and joyous conversation with family and friends.

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing? What are they?

I often come up with the first lines for poems or general ideas for stories while running, swimming, or hiking. I need to put my body in motion and do so out in nature for ideas to come about.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

Leviathan by Michael Shewmaker
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
The Trojan War Museum and other stories by Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Your advice to an incoming MFA student? Or the best piece of advice you received as a young writer?

There was never a great writer who didn't read everything.

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