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David Dephy

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David Dephy (Georgian: დავით დეფი, born June 21, 1968), also known as David Dephy Gogibedashvili, is a Georgian / American poet, novelist, essayist, performer, multimedia artist, painter, the founder of Poetry Orchestra and the poetic order Samcaully. He is the author of eight novels and seventeen collections of verse and three poetry bilingual audio albums with orchestra and electronic bands. Named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press and Extremely Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York City, USA.



David Dephy was born in Tbilisi. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1992 from the Faculty of Architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts. He began his career working in print media, radio, and television, where he created the program მზეRA (Mze-Ra) for the Georgian television station Meore Archi. From 1995 to 2000 he worked in cinema, collaborating with internationally famous film directors Otar Ioseliani and Nana Jorjadze, among others.[citation needed]

He was a leader of Disobedience Committee during the Rose Revolution in 2003 and during the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008, he joined the army of volunteers and set up a Headquarters of Civil Solidarity under his famous slogan "Stop Russia."[citation needed]

In 2010-2011 Dephy was an artist-in-residence at the writers’ society Ledig House in Ghent, New York. In 2011 his short story "Before the End" was selected for inclusion in Dalkey Archive Press's Best European Fiction series, as well as in Dalkey's anthology Contemporary Georgian Fiction, edited and translated by Elizabeth Heighway. That same year Dephy was invited to participate in the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City, where he presented a live poetry event entitled "The Second Skin" with Laurie Anderson, Yusef Komunyakaa and Salman Rushdie at 92nd Street Y

His short story "Before The End" was chosen for inclusion in the anthology Best European Fiction 2012, edited by Aleksandar Hemon and prefaced by Nicole Krauss, and published in the U.S. by Dalkey Archive Press

Dephy's works have been published and anthologized in the U.S., UK, Mexico, Germany, Brazil. India, Ukraine, Georgia, New Zealand, Colombia by the many literary magazines, journals, and publishing houses. From 2015-2017 he served as the Creative Consultant for Poetry & Prose at the University of Georgia. In 2017 he was chosen as an Ambassador of Poetry by Julius Meinl, and his live performance of The Poet King – The Easter Verses at the Peace Cathedral of Georgia and the Evangelical-Baptist Church of Georgia led to his poetry officially being included in the Divine Liturgies. Dephy was collaborating with Georgian rock bands Lady Heroin, The Sanda and Homospouses on a bilingual English/Georgian multimedia projects.[citation needed]

David Dephy was exiled from his native county of Georgia in 2017 and was granted political asylum in USA, immediately and indefinitely. USCIS Artistic Freedom Initiative

David Dephy is an author of seventeen books of poetry, eight novels and three audio albums of poetry in Georgian and English languages. His first book-length work in English, a poetry Eastern Star, has been published in USA on October 28, 2020 from Adelaide Books New York, also his book-length work in English, a poetry - written with Joshua Corwin - A Double Meaning, has been published on August 14, 2022 by Adelaide Books New York as well.

He is a founder of poetic multimedia project Poetry Orchestra, which is named as "A Triumphant", "A Revolutionary" and "An Innovation in the World of Poetry" by Cultural Daily Los Angeles. An active collaborator with Saphileaum and Irakli Gabriel.

He is a Featured Poet and Stipend Recipient at Walt Whitman Birthplace Association 2023 Huntington Station, New York. His poetry work A Sense of Purpose is going to the Moon by The Lunar Codex, NASA, SpaceX, Polaris Trilogy and Poetry on Brick Street in 2024.

He lives and works in New York City.

Prizes won:

The Nelson Mandela Premium Award 2022. On the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18 - "In recognition of the valuable contribution to the promotion of Peace and Equality through Literature, especially in support of Ukraine during this unfortunate war." The International Forum for Creativity and Humanity Kingdom of Morocco.

The full-length poetry work A Double Meaning with co-author Joshua Corwin named as a Finalist of the American Book Fest 2023 / International Book Awards in the category of Poetry: Narrative

The Pushcart Prize Nomination for the poetry work Time Is Heart published by Brownstone Poets Anthology, 2023. New York, USA.

The 1st Place Winner of The Artists Forum Poetry Award, 2021. New York, USA.

The Finalist and Shortlist Winner Nominee of the Adelaide Literary Awards New York for the category of Best Poem. 2020/2021. USA.

A Winner of the Finalist Award in the 2020 Best Book Award National Contest by American Book Fest. USA.

A Winner of the 2019 Spillwords Press Poetry American Award as June’s Publication of the Month. Spillwords Press. New York, USA.

The Favorite Poem, 2020 by Dissonance Magazine. Kent, UK.

The Finalist of the Adelaide Literary Award Anthology, 2019 for the category of Best Poem. Adelaide Books/Adelaide Magazine. New York, USA.

The Editor's Choice Poem 2019 by Vita Brevis Magazine. New York, USA.

Has been nominated as an Author of The Year/Month by Spilwords Press, four-time in a row, 2019/2020. New York, USA.

Best European Fiction 2012, edited by Aleksandar Hemon and prefaced by Nicole Krauss, Dalkey Archive Press. Chicago, USA.

By decree #11-16-04 of November 16, 2013 of the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, David Dephy had been awarded The Order of Honour (certificate #081887 The Order of Honour #1737)

Named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press and Extremely Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily.

Poetry & Prose Major Publications

  • 1994: Dead Time, essays
  • 1995: The Grotesque, stories
  • 1996: Stories and Conceptions, stories & essays
  • 2003: The December Talisman, a novel
  • 2003: Expecting Miracles At Dawn, a novel
  • 2003: Emerald and Sapphire, poems
  • 2003: Words Words Words, dialogues
  • 2003: Let My Twin Find Me, a novel
  • 2004: The Ravage Trilogy: And, There, and Heaven, poems
  • 2007: Samkauly, poems
  • 2008: Demna Gedevanischvili, a novel
  • 2009: Shinings, poems
  • 2010: Da Iq Tsa, poems
  • 2010: DNA Symphony, poems
  • 2010:The Gardens and the Pandemonium, a novel
  • 2011: Sevdya, poems
  • 2012: Before the End, Contemporary Georgian Fiction and Best European Fiction 2012; English language translation by Elizabeth Heighway
  • 2012: Demna, a novel
  • 2012: We Will All Get Out Of Here Alive, poems
  • 2014: All the World’s Mysteries, a novel
  • 2014: The Society of the End and the Beginning, a novel
  • 2014: God Is Among You, poems
  • 2015: The Easter Verses, poems
  • 2015: Absolute New York, poems
  • 2016: The Poet King, a poem
  • 2016: Crowned, a novel
  • 2018: The Same Fable, poems
  • 2020: Eastern Star, poems
  • 2022: A Double Meaning, a poem
  • 2023: The Songs of the American Prophets, a concept audio album by Poetry Orchestra

Video Art & Multi-Media Projects

  • 1992-1994: მზე-RA | Director David Dephy
  • 1997: Carlos Castaneda's Separate Reality | Director David Dephy
  • 1998-2002: Open Door Night | Director David Dephy
  • 1999-2002: Hero | Director David Dephy
  • 2017 - ongoing: Poetry Orchestra by David Dephy


  • 1993: Mandalla | Director Mamuka Berika
  • 1996: Winner of the Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival
  • 1996: Brigands, Chapitre VII | Director Otar Ioseliani
  • 2000: 27 Missing Kisses | Director: Nana Jorjadze
  • 2002: Drongo | Director: Zinovi Roizman
  • 2004: Delirium | Director: Tornike Bziava