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Nanos VALAORITIS, poet, author, translator, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1921.
Studied Classics and Law in the University of Athens, English literature at London University, and followed courses of Mycenian Grammar with Michel Lejeune at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes of the Sorbonne.
From 1944-1953, in London translated and presented, Modernist Greek poets of the thirties for the first time more completely, (article in Cyril Connolly's "Horizon" 1946 and translations John Lehmann's "New Writing" 1944-48.
Edited and translated "The King of Asine" 1948 a selection of poems by George Seferis with Bernard Spencer and Lawrence Durrel. (Introduction by Rex Warner).
Met T.S. Eliot, Stephen Spender, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, worked for Louis MacNeice in the BBC and frequented many other poets and writers.
In 1954, moved to Paris, met Andre Breton, and participated in the activities and meetings of his Surrealist group until 1960.
Returned to Greece, in 1960 and edited the avantgarde review "Pali" 1963-1967.
Left Greece in 1968, after the Junta came to power in 1967.
Taught at San Francisco State University, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature.
Returned to Paris and Greece in 1976-78 on leave.
Resumed teaching at SFSU 1978 until 1993, when he retired.
Co-edited in Greece the literary review "Synteleia" (End of Time), with poet Andreas Pagoulatos.
Wrote a number of books of poetic proses, a novella, and four novels.
Among them "My afterlife Guaranteed" in English, City Lights 1990, and in Greek 1995.
Shares his time in Greece, France and California.
Married to American Surrealist painter Marie Wilson.
Poetry Prize for "Central Arcade", 1959 (refused)
Poetry Prize for "Some Women", 1982
Prize Testomony & Chronicle, for "Modernism, Avantgarde & Pali, A chronicle", 1996
The Ouranis Foundation’s Prize of the Athens Academy, for his whole poetic work, 2006
The Grand State Prize for lifetime Literary Work, 2009.
The Punishment of the Magi (1947)
Central Arcade (1958), ( State Prize 1959; refused)
Anonymous Poem, (1974, 1978)
Nests of Microbes 1977
Hero of the Accidental, 1979
Feathery Confession, 1982
Poems, I & II, (collected), 1983, 1987
The Bottom Line, 1984
The Coloured Stylograph, 1986
Sun, Executioner of a Green Thought, 1996
Allegorical Kassandra, 1998
Descent of the M., 2002
Alphabet of the deaf mute, Agyra, 2003
The Reopened Box of Pandora, 2006 Agyra
Hot House Flowers, Apopeira 2010
Letterbox of unrequited Letters, Ypsilon 2010
Vanilla coloured sky, Agyra 2011
Consacrations, Dekata 2011
Traitor of the Written Word, Ikaros, 1980
Diamond Tranquilliser, Tram 1981
Some Women, Themelio 1982, (State Poetry Prize)
Bones of the Greeks, novel 1982, Themelio
The Assassination, 1984, novel, Themelio,
The Treasure of Xerxes, novel, Hestia1984
The Talking Monkey, Aigokairos, 1986
Paramythology (Three collected prose texts), Nefeli, 1996
God's Dog, narratives, Kastaniotis, 1998
The Broken Arms of the Venus de Milo, novel, Agra, 2002
Did you Meet Elpiniki, Electra 2005
Diamond Earth. With Lithographs by Marie Wilson, Greek version 2007
By Jupiter, Electra, novel 2009.
Andreas Embirikos, 1988, Ypsilon
For a Theory of writing, Exantas 1990
Modernism, the Avantgarde and Pali, Kastaniotis 1997 (State prize for Memoir)
For a Theory of Writng II, (Articles essays on Surrealism) Electra 2006
Homer and the alphabet, Hellenic American Union, 2011 Greek version, 2012 English version
Hired Hieroglyphs, 1970, Kayak
Diplomatic Relations, Panjandrum, 1971
Flash Bloom, Wire Press, 1980
My Afterlife Guaranteed, City Lights, 1990
Pandemonium, Philos Press, Washington State, 2005.
POETRY IN FRENCH (translations):
Terre de Diamant, 1959, Paris
Mon Certificat d' Eternite, Digraphe 1996, Paris
Executeur d' une Pensee Verte, 1998, L'Harmattan, Paris
Anideograms, L' Harmattan, 1996, Paris
La Boite de Pandore, L’Harmattan, 2008, Paris.
Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry, with Thanassis Maskaleris, Allegro Shartz & others, Talisman House Publishers, 2003.