Zurab Rtveliashvili

Zurab Rtveliashvili

Zurab Rtveliashvili (b. 1967, Georgia), a poet of the Georgian post-soviet avant-garde, distinguished with his artistic performances and linguistic experiments, is a pioneer of sound-poetry in Georgia. Born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, he graduated from “Iv. Javakhishvili” Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law in 1996. He took active part in the fight against political authorities of Georgia in 2003-2009, that resulted in political persecution. The poet moved to Sweden after International Pen Center had offered him asylum in 2009. Currently he lives in Stockholm as a poet in exile. Zurab Rtveliashvili is an author of 6 poetry collections published in Georgian as well as in Swedish languages: Irection (1997), Apocripha (2001), Anarch (2006), Dictatorship of Poetry (Swedish edition, 2016; Georgian edition, 2017), 150 000 Megahertz (2016). His poems and interviews have been published in various international anthologies and internet journals, while his poems often appear as subject for scientific articles and literary essays of different scholars.

Georgia