Erato Ioannou is a Cypriot writer born in Pafos and currently living in Nicosia. She writes in English and Greek. Her collection of short stories, Cats Have it All, was published in 2004 and, since then, her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and the United Kingdom. Her story “Washing Machine” has been translated in French and is included in the volume Les femmes (se) racontent. Expériences dans les PECO» (2017). Her short story “Something Tiny” is included in So Many Islands – Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. Most recently her short story “Deserted” was shortlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is the associate editor of In Focus, the literary journal of the Cyprus PEN and the founder of Room for Art.
Erato holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
She is currently juggling the demands of motherhood, her work, and of her creative endeavors.