Erato Ioannou is a writer from Cyprus. Since the publication of her first book Cats Have it All (Armida, 2004) her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies around the world. In 2019 her short story “Deserted” was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The short story is included in her most recent collection Not in the Ornamental Teapot (2020). The collection has been translated in Greek and Spanish. Erato served as Assistant Editor-in-Chief at In Focus, the literary journal of the Cyprus PEN. She is the founder and Chair of Room for Art a cultural organization based in Nicosia, established to support the arts and artists in Cyprus and beyond (www.roomforart.eu). Erato lives in Nicosia with her husband and their two children and cats, forever juggling the demands of motherhood, her work, and of her creative endeavors.