Yannis Livadas is a contemporary Greek poet, born in 1969. Livadas’ aesthetic position, both in his poems and his essays, constitutes the idea of experimentalism based on «organic antimetathesis» – the scaling indeterminacy of meaning, of syntactic comparisons and structural contradistinction. He is also an editor; essayist, translator, of more than fifty books of American poetry and prose; an independent scholar with unique specialization on modernism, beat literature, postmodernism and haiku. He is also a columnist and freelancer contributor to various literary magazines, both in Greece and other countries. His poems and essays have been translated in eight languages. He lives in Paris, France.
He has translated a dozen books of Jack Kerouac, and a dozen of Charles Bukowski. Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, poetry of Harold Norse, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, Kenneth Rexroth, Philip Lamantia, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bob Kaufman, Sinclair Beiles, John Weiners, Jack Michelin, Diane DiPrima, Lew Welch, Amiri Baraka, Ted Joans, Peter Orlovsky, William Everson, Brion Gysin, John Fles, Frank O’ Hara, Robert Creeley, and many others. Also he has published a series of extended essays on the Beats and he has edited two huge volumes with works of and about the literature of the Beat Generation.