Kyriakos Charalambides was born in Akhna, in the Famagusta District of Cyprus. He studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens. He is the author of nine books of poetry. Three of them were awarded the First State Prize for Poetry (Cyprus). His book Tholos (Dome) was award the Athens Academy Prize (1989) and his collection Metahistory was awarded the Greek National Prize for Poetry (1996).
In 1997 he published his own translation and introduction to Romanos the Melodist’s Three Hymns which was awarded the Hellenic Society Literary Translator’s Prize. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Cavafy Prize (Egypt).