Maria Lampadaridou Pothou, novelist, playwright, poet and literary critic, was born on the island of Lemnos, Greece. She was educated at the Panteion University of Athens and later at the Sorbonne, as a fellow of the French government. While in Paris, she met Samuel Beckett, with whom she corresponded for several years.
Some of her work has been translated and published into English, French, and Swedish and is being taught at universities in Greece and abroad. She has also written theatrical plays, which have been performed in Greece by the National Theatre and other companies, as well as abroad.
Her literary work has been honoured on several occasions. She has received:
1) The (Greek) State Theatre Prize in 2001, for the play Floating Night.
2) The First Prize of the Ouranis Foundation of the Athens Academy in 1996, for her novel With the Storm Lamp.
3) A prize from the Athens Academy for her novel Maroula of Lemnos.
4) Her poem collection The Mystic Passage was nominated by the Greek Ministry of Culture for the Prize of Europe in 1991.
Four doctoral degrees have been done based on her novels, two in Bari University Italy, and two in Greece.
She is a member of the Hellenic Author's Society, the Association of Greek Playwrights, and the International Institute of Theatre.
She has published numerous articles, critical reviews, and essays in literary magazines and daily newspapers (e.g. To Vima, Kathimerini, Eleftherotypia).
Her latest novel is Moist Moonlight, by Kedros Publications, in 2009.
She currently lives in Athens with her husband Minos Pothos and their son.