Amir Or (born 1956), a leading Israeli poet, novelist and essayist, has been recognized as a major new generation voice in world literature. His works have been published in 45 languages.
He is the author of twelve volumes of poetry as of late 2017, and his latest books in Hebrew are The Madman's Prophecy (2012), Loot (selected poems 1977-2013)(2013) and Wings (2015) . Or also published a fictional epic in metered prose, The Song of Tahira (2001) and the novel The Kingdom (2015) about the life of king David and contemporary society.
Amir Or was born in Tel Aviv. He has worked as a shepherd, builder and restaurateur. He studied philosophy and comparative religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he later lectured on Ancient Greek Religion. Or has published essays on poetry, classics and religious studies, and has taught creative writing in universities in Israel, Europe, USA and Japan.
In 1990 Or founded "Helicon Poetry Society" in Israel and has been Editor-in-Chief of Helicon's journal and series of poetry books. In 1993 he set up the Arabic-Hebrew Helicon Poetry School and has founded and directed the Sha’ar International Poetry Festival. Or has also edited other literary journals and several anthologies of Hebrew verse in European languages. He serves as editor of the Catuv poetry books series, as national editor of the international poetry magazines Atlas and Blesok, and as a national coordinator for the U.N. sponsored UPC venture, “Poets for Peace.” He is a founding memberof the EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programs) of the international Circle of Poets and of the WPM (World Poetry Movement).
Awards and recognition
For his poetry, Or was awarded the Levi Eshkol Prime Minister’s Literary Prize, the Harry Harshon prize, the Bernstein Prize (original Hebrew-language poetry category), a Fulbright Award for writers, the Oeneumi literary prize of the Tetovo Poetry Festival 2010, the Wine Poetry prize 2013 of the Struga Poetry Evenings, the Stefan Mirtov Ljubiša international literary award 2014, the European Atlas of Lyrics award 2016 and the BlueMet World Through Poetry award 2017; as well as Fellowships at the University of Iowa, the Jewish-Hebrew Centre of the University of Oxford, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Literarische Colloquium, Berlin among others. For his translations he received the Honorary Prize of the Israeli Minister of Culture.HaMamlakha (The Kingdom), Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad, 2015
Knafayim (Wings), Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad, 2015
Shalal (Loot) Selected poems 1977-2013, Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad, 2013
Masa HaMeshuga (The Madman's Prophecy), Keshev, 2012
HaHaya SheBalev (The Animal in the Heart). Keshev, 2010
Muzeion Hazman (The Museum of Time). Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad, 2007
Shir Tahira (The Song of Tahira). Xargol, 2001.
Yom (Day). Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad & Tag, 1998.
Shir (Poem). Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad, 1996.
Kakha (So!). Ha-kibbutz Ha-meuchad, 1995.
Pidyon ha-met. (Ransoming The Dead), Helicon-Bitan, 1994.
Panim (Faces). Am Oved, 1991.
Ani mabbit me-‛eyney ha-qofim (I Look Through The Monkeys’ Eyes). Eqed, 1987.
Lessons, (Učne Ure) into Slovenian, (Beletrina libri, Ljubljana 2017)
Language Says – selected poems, (ЕЗИКЪТ КАЗВА) into Bulgarian, (Da Publishers, Sofia 2017)
The Museum of Time – selected poems, (时间博物馆) into Chinese, by Wang Hao (FLTRP, Beijing 2017)
Dédale (The Maze); into French, by Isabelle Dotan (maelstrÖm reEvolution, Brussels 2016)
Reci i Ja Ću Biti (Say And I'll Be); into Serbian, by Vida Ognjenovic and David Albahari, (Kuća poezije, Banja Luka 2016)
Krila (Wings) into Serbian, by Vida Ognjenovic, (Arhipelag, Belgrade 2016)
Dia>Logos; into English. Selected poems, (ArtAArk, Delhi/London/NY 2015)
Muzei Vremena (The Museum of Time); into Serbian, by Vida Ognjenovic and David Albahari,(Arhipelag, Belgrade 2015)
Twarze (Faces); into Polish by Beata Tarnowska, (Z bliska, Goldap 2014)
Tredici Poesie (Thirteen Poems); into Italian by Paolo Ruffilli, (The Writer publications, Milan 2014)
Mucize ve Yağma(Miracle and Loot); into Turkish by Ulker Ince, (Şiirden Yayıncılık, Istanbul 2014)
Să Te Vorbim Pe Tine (Let's Speak you); into Romanian by Ioana Ieronim, trilingual e-book with new translations, Romanian/English/Hebrew, (Contemporary Literature Press, The University of Bucharest, in conjunction with The British Council, Buchaest 2014) http://editura.mttlc.ro/carti/Amir%20Or.%20Let's%20Speak%20You.%20CLP.pdf
Le Musée de Temps (The Museum of Time); into French by Aurélia Lassaque and Jacques Rancourt, (Editions de l'Amandier, Paris 2013)
Milagro (Miracle); into Spanish by Karla Coreas,(Sur Editores, Havana 2013)
Der museum van de tijd(The Museum of Time); into Dutch by Peter Boreas, (Azul press, Maastricht, Amsterdam 2012)
Pohara (Loot);into Serbian by David Albahari and Vida Ognjenovic,(Arhipelag publishers, Belgrade 2012)
Miracle/The Hours, Milagro/Las Horas; into Spanish by Karla Coreas, (Urpi Editores, NY 2011)
Plates from the Museum of Time (ArtAark, New Delhi, New York, London 2009)
Day — into English by Fiona Sampson, (Dedalus, Dublin, 2006)
Wiersz (Poem); into Polish by Beata Tarnowska, (Portret, Olsztyn 2006)
Să Te Vorbim Pe Tine (Let's Speak You); into Romanian by Ioana Ieronim, (Vinea Press, Buchaest 2006)
Poem — into English by Helena Berg, (Dedalus, Dublin 2004, Romanian and Polish editions 2006)
Language Says — into English (Chattanooga, PM publications, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States, 2001)
Davej se, disam ziva voda (Drowning, He Breaths Living Water) — into Macedonian by Bogomil Gjuzel and Zoran Ancevski; (The Pleiades Series of Struga Poetry Festival, 2000)
Miracle — English/Hebrew bilingual edition (Poetry Ireland, Dublin, 1998)
As-sha‛ru Fattatu l-Mujrimin (Poetry is a Criminal Girl); into Arabic by Reuven Snir (Faradis publishers, Paris, 1995)
The Gospel of Thomas (1992),
Limb-Loosening Desire (An Anthology of Erotic Greek Poetry 1993)
Stories From The Mahabharata (1998)
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto (1998, with Akiko Takahashi)
To a Woman by Shuntaro Tanikawa (2000, with Akiko Takahashi)
The Distance Between Us by Fiona Sampson (2008)
The Song of The Salamander by Aurélia Lassaque (2014)
Mara's Ghost by Anastassis Vistonitis (2016)
Bitter Buckwheat by Jidi Madjia (2016)
From The Hebrew Side - selected translations (2017)