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Wayne Amtzis was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1947 and grew up in Staten Island, New York. He studied at Syracuse University and UC Berkeley and received his masters in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He has lived and worked in Asia since 1976 and his writing has appeared internationally and in Nepali translation. He is the author of the poetry collections: Sandcastle City/Quicksand Nation and the editor and co-translator of Days in the Life, translations from Nepali and Nepal Bhasa; Two Sisters, the poetry of Benju Sharma and Manju Kanchuli; and of From The Lake, Love, The Poetry of Banira Giri. His photos of Kathmandu appear in the collection flatLine witness, and a book-length series of his poems and photos, The Decisive/The Unresolved, has been published in Studies in Nepali History and Society. He exhibited his street photos at Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu in 2001, 2002 and 2004. A student of Penor Rinpoche and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, he practices and teaches meditation in Kathmandu, Nepal under the guidance of Tsoknyi Rinpoche, emphasizing the relation between meditation and creative expression.

Photo by Rachel Amtzis


And yes, that's Wayne Amtzis
in NPR's Man Seeks God Finds Wayne of Staten Island
http://www.wbur.org/npr/143057528/man-seeks-god-finds-wayne-of-staten-island


Exhibitions:

  • If Bodies Have Voices: 1985-95. Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu. May 2001
  • Rite of Way. Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu. November 2002
  • Still Life/ Street Life. Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu. April 2004
Books:
  • Days in the life: translations from Nepali and Nepal Bhasa was published in Kathmandu in July 2011
  • SandCastle City/Quicksand Nation: poems from Nepal was published in September 2011
Monsoon Song The Journey East City on Their Backs
Monsoon Song The Journey East, 1979 City on Their Backs and Sandcastle City/ Quicksand Nation

 

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