Vassilis Amanatidis was born in Edessa, northern Greece, in 1970. He was raised in Thessaloniki, were he lives. He studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Master and PhD in Art History).
He worked as an art curator at the Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art. He is currently working as a translator. Hia translations include the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Joyce Carol Oates, Witold Gombrowicz, Anne Carson, E.E. Cummings. He has published seven collections of poetry: Dormitory: Nine nocturnal parables (Entefktirio, Thessaloniki 1999), House of ice (Kedros, Athens 2001), Thirtythree (Gavriilidis, Athens 2003), Summer indoors + six proofs of capability (To Oktaselido tou Mpilietou, Paiania 2004-2005), 4-D: Four-Dimensional Poems (Gavriilidis, Athens 2006), 7: ποίηση για Video Games (Νεφέλη,2011), μ-otherpoem (Νεφέλη, 2014) . He has also published two collections of short-stories: Don’t eat me (Kastaniotis, Athens 2005) and Charybdi’s Dog (Kastaniotis 2008). His theatrical play The washbasin was staged in 2007 in Thessaloniki. His poems and short-stories have been translated in five languages, and have been included in anthologies, catalogues and literary journals in America, Canada, England, Sweden, Italy and Russia. He has participated as a performer in International Poetry Festivals and Poetry Readings. He is a member of the editors board of FRMK, a biannual journal on poetry poetics and visual arts.
Without apparent roots in contemporary Greek poetry Vassilis Amanatidis is connected with those works of literature which submit their grammar to the immense territory of the imagination. By combining phonetics, dramaturgy and narrative he creates, with particular care for structural composition, works that elude the usual divisions of genres and which aim to awaken the spirit and the senses of the reader.
Alexis Ziras, Dictionary of Contemporary Greek Literature, Patakis ed.