Vassilis Amanatidis was born in Edessa, northern Greece, in 1970. He was raised in Thessaloniki, where he now lives. He studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Masters and PhD in Art History) and worked as an art curator at the Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art. He is currently a teacher of literature and a translator. He has published five poetry collections:Dormitory: Nine nocturnal parables (1999), House of ice (2001), Thirtythree (2003), Summer indoors + six proofs of capability (2005), 4-D: Four-Dimensional Poems (2006). He has also published two collections of short-stories: Don’t eat me(Kastaniotis, Athens 2005) and Charybdi’s Dog (Kastaniotis, 2008).
His theatrical plays The washbasin (2007) and Blom! (2008) were staged in Thessaloniki. His poems and short-stories have been translated in five languages (English, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian and Persian), and have been included in anthologies, catalogues and literary journals in America, Canada, England, Sweden, Italy and Russia. He has performed in several poetry readings at international festivals such as the third Stockholm Poetry Festival and in the 53rd Venice Biennale.