Michael Pastore, Publisher
Michael Pastore — Zorba Press’s Publisher and Zorba Media’s CEO — is a novelist and a poet. He has traveled extensively — always by bicycle, often sleeping under the stars — in the USA, Europe, Turkey, and Greece. His more than 20 books include Thoreau Bound: a Utopian Romance in the Isles of Greece; Lark’s Magic; Zen in the Art of Child Maintenance; Zenlightenment; The Zorba Anthology of Love Stories; Child Maintenance; The Ithaca Manual of Style; Siddhartha and Kamala; Teaching Kindness and Peace, and Sappho at the Edge of Love: 100 poems by Michael Pastore. In the counter-cultured city of Ithaca, New York, Pastore lives in a small house amidst 10,000 of the world’s best books.
Eva Sofianou, born in Lamia (in Central Greece), at an early age came to love books and to admire the multiple dimensions and functions of language (practical, experiential, intellectual, artistic). As a student, she earned language certificates in English and Italian. After graduating from high school, she studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy, and earned her diploma in Greek Philology (Department of Linguistics). For nine years, she taught English at the Lassithiotaki School of Foreign Languages. Her work at Kazantzakis Publications (Athens, 1997-2012) included a range of tasks, including: proofreading and copyediting; designing and editing books; editing and/or composing texts for books, brochures, catalogues and websites; typing and/or digitising texts in Greek (in either modern or polytonic spelling system), English and/or other languages, translating texts (from Greek to English, from English / French / Italian / Spanish to Greek); secretarial administration and book sales; organising events of academic interest (e.g. conferences) and publishing the respective proceedings; and training university students. From 2014 to 2018, she was employed by the publishing company AdVenture SA, where she worked at proofreading, editing, and translating and/or composing texts, mostly in English and/or in Greek. Since 2012 she has worked on various important projects for Zorba Press.