is a poet, currently living in Moscow, where he is Editor-in-Chief at OGI and B.S.G. Presses. He was born in 1970 in the city of Kursk in Western Russia, studied at the Gorky Literary Institute in Saint Petersburg, and for fourteen years was the director of Symposium Press in that city. His poetry has been published in a wide array of Russian literary journals, from Novy Mir to Znamya, and anthologized in literary collections. He is the author of three books of poetry, Cold Odes (Kholodniye Odi, 1996), Dubia (1999), and The Horse of Gorgon (Kon Gorgoni, 2003). His poems have been translated into English, Hungarian, Vietnamese, Georgian, Italian, Chinese, Latvian, German, Polish, Portuguese, and French. He is the author of numerous articles and essays about poets and poetry, and has compiled several poetry anthologies. Amelin has received numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Moscow Count Prize (Moskovsky Shyot) in 2003. He is a member of the Russian PEN Center and the Guild of Literary Translators. In the U.S., Amelin’s poetry is included in Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry (Talisman House Publishers, 2000.)
On 3/23/18 the poet, journalist, and activist Harris KHALIQUE (IWP '15) received the prestigious Award for Pride of Performance for poetry from the President of Pakistan.