Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1901, Karelli is one of Greece’s favorite poets. Her work speaks to the hard questions of life, but is filled with an optimistic sense of hope. Karelli is viewed as a pioneer feminist in Greece. Her writing career begun as a writer of short stories. She published ten collections of poetry. Karelli was the first woman of letters to be elected to the Academy of Athens in 1982, and received the coveted Ouranis Award for her complete works in 1978.