Vassilis Amanatidis was born in Edessa, northern Greece, in 1970. He was raised in Thessaloniki, where he now lives. He studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Masters and PhD in Art History) and worked as an art curator at the Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art. He is currently a teacher of literature and a translator. He has published five poetry collections: Dormitory: Nine nocturnal parables (1999), House of ice (2001), Thirtythree(2003), Summer indoors + six proofs of capability (2005), 4-D: Four-Dimensional Poems(2006). He has also published two collections of short-stories: Don’t eat me (Kastaniotis, Athens 2005) and Charybdi’s Dog (Kastaniotis, 2008).
His theatrical plays The washbasin (2007) and Blom! (2008) were staged in Thessaloniki. His poems and short-stories have been translated in five languages (English, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian and Persian), and have been included in anthologies, catalogues and literary journals in America, Canada, England, Sweden, Italy and Russia. He has performed in several poetry readings at international festivals such as the third Stockholm Poetry Festival and in the 53rd Venice Biennale.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.