Shota Iatashvili 
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Shota Iatashvili 
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* 1966, Georgia
lives in: , Georgia

Georgian poet, prose-writer, translator and arts critic Shota Iatashvili was born in 1966. He is the author of more than fifteen books and published his first collection of poems The Wings of Death in 1993. After Georgia's independence he joined a group of socially committed artists who called themselves Tbilisi Performance Theatre and gathered together for literary performances and alternative actions, influenced by the American Beatniks movement.

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From 1993-1997 he worked as an editor at the Republic Centre of Literary Critics (on the literary newspapers 'Rubikoni' and 'Mesame Gza'). Since 1998, he has been the editor of the publishing company “The Caucasian House” where he was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Alternative”. Now he is editor-in-chief of the literary magazine “Akhali Saunje” and is responsible for the 'Library' section at Radio Liberty. 

He won several literary awards, e.g. the renowned SABA Prize for poetry and for criticism and was invited to numerous international literary festivals, such as EST-OUEST (France, 2006), Poetry International (Netherlands, 2007). ORIENT-OCCIDENT (Romania, 2006), the V and VI International Poetry Biennale Moscow (Russia, 2007, 2009).

He has translated Styles of Radical Will by Susan Sontag and an anthology of American poets into Georgian. His own works are translated into English, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Turkish, Albanian and Azerbaijani languages.

Publications
  • The Wings of Death

    poetry collection

    Krialosani Publishing, 1993

  • Anomal Poetry

    poetry collection

    1993

  • Chewing Gum

    poetry collection

    Publishing House Georgian Book, 1994

  • Light, very light and not so light

    poetry collection

    1997

  • Counter-Ajour

    story collection

    Merani Publishing, 1998

  • The Flower of All Flowers and an Engineer

    Caucasian House Publishing, 2000

  • The Petrol Flowers

    poetry collection

    Caucasian House Publishing, 2000

  • Verses

    Publishing House Georgian Book, 2002

  • A Pencil in the Sky

    poetry collection

    Caucasian House Publishing, 2004

  • Photo-Fathers

    story collection

    Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2005

  • Until It’s Time

    poetry collection

    Siesta Publishing House, 2006

  • შრამი (The Scar)

    poetry collection

    Publishing House Pegasi, 2010

  • Tidying Up

    Publishing House Saunje, 2010

  • Gravitation

    story collection

    Palitra L Publishing, 2012

  • The Bitterness of Poetic Experiences

    2015

Awards
  • 2007 Saba Prize - category: best poetry collection for Until it's Time

  • 2009 International Poetry Award “Киевские лавры”

  • 2011 Saba Prize - category: best criticism for Cleaning Up

Links
  • Shota Iatashvili @Poetry International Web

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