Amir or, the Israeli poet, novelist and essayist, has been recognized as a major new generation voice in world literature. He is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, the latest being Prophecy of the Madman (2012), Loot – selected poems 1977-2013 (2013) and Wings (2015). His poems have been translated into English, German, Danish, Dutch, Shetlandic, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Romanian, Welsh, Gaelic, Irish, Greek, Albanian, Armenian, Georgian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Slovak, Czech, Latvian, Lithuanian, Persian, Hindi, Malayalam, Kanada, Telugu, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian. They have appeared in poetry journals, anthologies and literary sites, as well as in twenty three books in Europe, America and Asia. Among them are Poem and Day (English by Dedalus, Ireland, 2004, 2006,); The Museum of Time (English by ArtAark, 2009; Dutch, Azul Press 2012, Serbian, Arhipelag 2015), Miracle/Milagro (Spanish/English, Urpi Editores, U.S. 2011, Havana 2012), Loot (Serbian, Arhipelag Press 2012, 2014, Şiirden, Turkish 2014), Le Musée du Temps (Editons de l’Amandier, 2013), Tredici Poesie (Italian, Milan 2014) and Dia>Logos (Art Aark 2015). His novels include The Song of Tahira (2001), a fictional epic in metered prose and The Kingdom, a novel about the life of King David.
Or translated into Hebrew nine prose and poetry books, including The Gospel of Thomas; Limb Loosening Desire, an anthology of erotic Greek poetry and Stories from the Mahabharata; as well as modern poets like Seamus Heaney, Ann Sexton, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Jidi Majia, Fiona Sampson, and Ansatassis Vistonitis. His selected translations Poetry of Many Poems is published this year. For his translations from ancient Greek Or received the Honorary Prize of the Israeli Minister of Culture. Or is also a photographer, and his work was presented in individual exhebitions in various locations, including Belgrade, Copenhagen and Budva
Or gave readings and lectured in dozens of festivals and conferences worldwide. He is the recipient of Israeli and international poetry awards, including the Pleiades tribute 2000 of the Struga Poetry festival 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, the Oeneumi literary prize 2010 of the Tetovo Poetry Festival, the Struga Wine Poetry prize 2013; the Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša’ international Award 2014 of The Budva City Theater; the European Atlas of Lyrics prize 2016; and the World Through Poetry award 2017 of the Blue Met Montreal “for the exceptional depth and quality of his poetry”; as well as Fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Jewish-Hebrew Centre of the University of Oxford, Fondación Valparaiso Spain, Hawthornden Castle Scotland, the Irish Heinrich Böll Foundation and others. Or gave readings and lectured in dozens of festivals and conferences worldwide; and has been a guest writer at several cultural institutions, among them the Literarische Colloquium Berlin, Chattanoogah University and the Nihon University, Tokyo.