Girgis Shoukry was born into a Coptic family in Sohag, Egypt, some 500 km south of Cairo. After studying for a career in business, he went on to complete a diploma at the National Academy of Arts and now works as an art and drama critic for a Radio and Television magazine in Cairo, as well as being co-editor of the literary journal Aswaat adabiyya (Literary Voices).
The poems of Girgis Shoukry are straightforward in content, telling simple events from a shifted perspective. He himself likens his poetry to the paintings of the Belgian artist René Magritte, from whose work he borrowed the cover designs for his collections.
He has to date published four collections of poetry. His first volume appeared in 1996, entitled Bi-la muqabil asqutu asfal hidha (Fallen under my Soles). Subsequent collections were Rajul tayyib yukallim nafsahu (A Good Person in Conversation with Himself, 1998), and Darurat al-kalb fi-l-masrahiyya (The Importance of a Dog in a Play, 2000). His latest book is entitled Wa-al’ aidi ’ utla rasmiyat (And the Hands on Holiday), and was published in 2004. Girgis Shoukry has taken part in numerous international poetry festivals and artist exchange programmes and is well-known throughout Egypt.