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David Dephy Gogibedashvili (Georgian: დავით დეფი გოგიბედაშვილი Tbilisi June 21, 1968), also known as David Dephy, is a Georgian poet, novelist, essayist, performer, multimedia artist and painter, and the founder of the first Georgian poetic order Samkauly. He is the author of ten novels and 12 collections of verse. His short story "Before The End" was chosen for inclusion in the anthology Best European Fiction 2012, edited by Aleksandar Hemon and prefaced by Nicole Krauss, and published in the U.S. by Dalkey Archive Press.


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Dephy's first book-length work in English, the 2014 novel All the World's Mysteries, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from Mad Hat Books with a translation from the Georgian by Adam Smart.

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David Dephy earned his undergraduate degree in 1992 from the Faculty of Architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts. He began his career working in print media, radio, and television, where he created the program მზეRA (Mze-Ra) for the Georgian television station Meore Archi. From 1995 to 2000 he worked in cinema, collaborating with internationally famous film directors Otar Ioseliani and Nana Jorjadze, among others.

During the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008, Dephy joined the army of volunteers and set up a headquarters of civil solidarity under his famous slogan "Stop Russia."

In 2010-2011 Dephy was an artist-in-residence at the writers’ society Ledig House in Ghent, New York. In 2011 his short story "Before the End" was selected for inclusion in Dalkey Archive Press's Best European Fiction series, as well as in Dalkey's anthology Contemporary Georgian Fiction, edited and translated by Elizabeth Heighway. That same year Dephy was invited to participate in the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City, where he presented a live poetry event entitled "The Second Skin" with Laurie Anderson, Yusef Komunyakaa and Salman Rushdie at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd St Y.

Dephy's work has been anthologized in many collections of poetry and prose and has been published in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Brazil and Georgia. From 2015-2017 he served as the Creative Consultant for Poetry & Prose at the University of Georgia. In 2017 he was chosen as an Ambassador of Poetry by Julius Meinl, and his live performance of The Poet King – The Easter Verses at the Peace Cathedral of Georgia and the Evangelical-Baptist Church of Georgia led to his poetry officially being included in the Divine Liturgies. Dephy is currently collaborating with Georgian rock band The Sanda on a bilingual English/Georgian multimedia project.

Major Publications

2018: All the World's Mysteries, a novel; English-language translation by Adam Smart

2016: Crowned, a novel

2016: The Poet King, a poem

2015: Absolute New York, poems

2015: The Easter Verses, poems

2014: God Is Among You, poems

2014: The Society of the End and the Beginning, a novel

2014: All the World’s Mysteries, a novel

2012: We All Will Get Out From Here Alive, poems

2012: Demna, a novel

2012: "Before the End", Contemporary Georgian Fiction and Best European Fiction 2012; English-language translation by Elizabeth Heighway

2011: Sevdya, poems

2010:The Gardens and the Pandemonium, a novel

2010: DNA Symphony, poems

2010: Da Iq Tsa, poems

2009: Shinings, poems

2008: Demna Gedevanischvili, a novel

2007: Samkauly, poems

2004: The Ravage Trilogy: And, There, and Heaven, poems

2003: Let My Twin Find Me, a novel

2003: Words Words Words, dialogues

2003: Emerald and Sapphire, poems

2003: Expecting Miracles At Dawn, a novel

2003: The December Talisman, a novel

1996: Stories and Conceptions, stories & essays

1995: The Grotesque, stories

1994: Dead Time, essays


2004: Delirium | Director: Tornike Bziava

2002: Drongo | Director: Zinovi Roizman

2000: 27 Missing Kisses | Director: Nana Jorjadze

1996: Brigands, Chapitre VII | Director Otar Ioseliani Winner of the Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival


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