Jazra Khaleed was born in 1979 in Grozny, Chechnya. He lives in Athens’ inner city and writes poetry in Greek. His works are protests against the injustices in contemporary Greece and the surge of fascism, dealing with the impoverishment of life, the anti-fascist struggle, and the difficult and desperate lives of migrants from Africa and the Middle and Near East in Athens.
Since 2008, he co-edits the literary magazine Teflon, in which he publishes his own poems, translations, and essays. Among others, he has translated poems by and presented the work of Amiri Baraka, Elfriede Jelinek, Bert Papenfuß, Keston Sutherland, Lionel Fogarty, Barbara Köhler, and Ann Cotten, and has written essays on the most varied topics, including the poetry of the Aborigines, the avant-garde poetry of East Germany, and the poetics of hip-hop. His poems have been published in distinguished magazines such as World Literature Today, Modern Poetry in Translation, Westerly, Poetry International, Glänta, Die Horen, and Floppy Myriapoda.
In June 2014 his project/performance with Timos Alexandropoulos “Poetry Is Just Words in the Wrong Order” won the SOUNDOUT! International Award for New Ways of Presenting Literature in Berlin. In the same year, he co-wrote the script and co-produced the short film “The Aegean or the Anus of Death” (directed by Eleni Gioti) that is based on his poem of the same name and was awarded in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), the Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema, and the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina).
ARTICLES FEATURING JAZRA
“Smashing Fascist Heads”: Jazra Khaleed on Political and Poetic Crisis in Greece
"Aside from being important as an act of memoralization, poetry is a weapon."...