Poetry Days at the Museum


11 September 2013 at 5 p.m. we invite you to the poetry night at the museum!

In the framework of Latvian traditional festival Poetry Days Israeli poet Amir Or and his translator J. Vādons will read Or's poetry in Hebrew and Latvian.

Amir Or, born in Tel Aviv in 1956, is the author of ten volumes of poetry in Hebrew. His latest books are The Museum of Time (2007) Heart Beast (2010) and Prophecy of the Madman (2012). His poems, translated into more than forty languages, have appeared in anthologies, poetry journals, as well as in thirteen books in Europe and America. Among them are Poem and Day (both published by Dedalus, U.K., 2004, 2006,); Plates from the Museum of Time (ArtAark, 2009; Dutch, Azul Press 2012); Miracle/Milagro (Spanish-English, Urpi Editores, U.S., 2011; Spanish, Colecion Sur, Havana 2013) and  Pohara (Loot, Serbian, Arhipelag, 2012).

Or is the recipient of Israeli and international poetry awards, including the Pleiades tribute (Struga 2000) for having made “a significant contribution to modern world poetry”, the Fulbright Award for Writers, the Bernstein Prize, the Levi Eshkol Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize, and the Oeneumi literary prize of the Tetovo Poetry Festival (2010). He was also awarded several poetry fellowships, among them fellowships from Iowa University; the Centre of Jewish-Hebrew Studies at the University of Oxford; the Literarische Colloquium, Berlin; the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Ireland; and the Hawthornden Castle, Scotland.

He translated into Hebrew eight prose and poetry books, including The Gospel of Thomas; Stories from the Mahabharata; and Limb Loosening Desire, an anthology of erotic Greek poetry. For his translations from ancient Greek he was awarded the Culture Minister Prize.

Or has studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he later lectured on Ancient Greek Religion. He has taught poetry and creative writing at Helicon Poetry School, as well as at universities in Israel, Europe, the U.S.A., and Japan. He has published numerous essays on poetry, classical studies, and comparative religion.

In 1990 Or co-founded Helicon Poetry Society and later on served as Helicon’s Chief Editor and Artistic Director. He initiated and developed its various projects, including Helicon’s poetry journal and its series of poetry books; the Sha’ar International Poetry Festival; and the Helicon Hebrew-Arabic Poetry School.


Or 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 member of the EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programs) of the international Circle of Poets and of the WPM (World Poetry Movement).



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