Amir Or


Amir Or was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv, has published 8 volumes of poetry. His poems have been translated into more than 30 languages and published in 8 books in Europe and the U.S. His latest publications in English are "Poem" (Dedalus 2004) and "Day" (Dedalus 2006). His latest poetry book "The Museum of Time" (2007) was written in both Hebrew and English and will be published next year in the UK. Or has also published 5 volumes of his own translation into Hebrew and a fictional epic in metered prose, "The Song of Tahira" (2001). Or is the 2000 recipient of the prestigious Pleiades honour for having made 'a significant contribution to modern world poetry'. He has been awarded the Bernstein Prize, the Fulbright Award for writers and the Israeli Prime Minister.s Poetry Prize, and the Culture Minister Honorary Prize for his translations from ancient Greek. Among his awards are the fellowships of Iowa University, the Center of Jewish studies Oxford, the Literarische Colloquium Berlin, the Heinrich BÃl Foundation Ireland, and Hawthornden Castle Scotland. He has lectured and taught poetry and creative writing at Helicon Poetry School as well as in universities in Israel, Europe, and Japan. He taught Ancient Greek Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has published numerous essays of poetry, classic studies, and comparative religion. Since its foundation, Or has been chief editor of the Helicon Society for the Advancement of Poetry in Israel. He is Editor of Helicon journal and its series of poetry books, and in 1993 he has founded and developed the Helicon Hebrew-Arabic Poetry School. Or is Artistic Director of the" International Poetry Festival and serves as National Coordinator for .Poets for Peace. (the UN sponsored UPC venture).