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Buck Dawson Authors Award

Constantine Markides (USA)

2018 Buck Dawson Authors Award


Chasing Water: Elegy of An Olympian


Constantine Markides is a NYC-based writer and former correspondent for the daily newspaper, Cyprus Mail, Constantine reported from over a dozen countries in four continents. In covering the 2006 Lebanon War, he worked with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and was featured on CNBC and NPR’s Marketplace. As a reporter, he contracted malaria in Kenya, got showered by leaflets from an exploding artillery shell in Beirut, and witnessed a Cypriot photographer break a limb off an ancient bonsai tree in Shanghai while trying to photograph the President of Cyprus.


A state high school champion swimmer, Constantine swam for Columbia University, from which he graduated cum laude in philosophy. He holds a Masters in English with thesis distinction from University College London, where he was a Chevening Scholar. As well as instructing and coaching at Imagine Swimming and the Manhattan Makos, swim training has also taken Markides to diverse destinations like the Seychelles, Israel, the Galapagos Islands, Taiwan, Australia and the Turks and Caicos.


Constantine met Anthony Ervin in 2009, in Brooklyn, New York, where they were both swim instructors for Imagine Swimming, which led them to their collaboration on the book.



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