vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras)

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Gender Male
Industry Arts
Occupation ESL Instructor (Retired)
Location Meligalas, Messenias, Greece
Introduction Born in Greece, I was taken at the age of four to the small town of Raymond, WA in 1948. After high school, I attended the University of Washington but dropped out after a year, spent 1963-1964 travelling in Europe and in Greece, settling in Munich until getting drafted into the US Army. After my discharge, I completed my sophomore year at GHC, Aberdeen, WA, then transferred to the UW where I received an MA in English. In 1970, I co-founded the poetry magazine Madrona and also worked for the Seattle Housing Authority before returning to Greece in 1972. I married Eleni in 1980 and we have a daughter, Efiniki, 32, and a son, Anastasios, 30. I'm now semi-retired from teaching ESL in my language school in Meligalas but still writing poetry--which I've been doing for the last forty years. My poems have been published in various literary magazines in the US and abroad. A number of my poems were also included in the anthology How The Net Is Gripped: a selection of contemporary American Poetry (Stride, UK, 1992), and I have two collections of poetry, Sentences (Querencia Books, 1976), and Aural (Singing Horse Press, 1984).
Interests poetry, bicycling, reading, playingrembetika on my tzoura, listening to music, drinking tsipouro with friends and mezedes(hors d'oeuvres) prepared by my wife, browsing used book and junk shops
Favorite Music rembetika, classic rock, classical, blues
Favorite Books "Spring & All", "The Collected Shorter Poems, " WC Williams, "The Collected Poems of George Oppen, " "The Collected Poems of George Seferis, " "Harmonium, " Wallace Stevens, "Pieces, " Robert Creeley, "Mani, " Patrick Leigh-Fermor, "The Flight of Ikaros, " Kevin Andrews, "Darkness Moves, " Henri Michaux, "Meditations in an Emergency, " Frank O'Hara, "The Collected Books of Jack Spicer, " "The Collected Poems of C.P.Cavafy, " "The Art of Poetry, " Paul Valery, "Poetic Diction, " Owen Barfield, "Prepositions, " Louis Zukofsky, "Zorba The Greek, " "The Greek Passion, " "The Last Temptation of Christ, " Nikos Kazantzakis, "The Unquiet Grave, " Palinurus (Cyril Connolly), "The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo, " "T&G, " Lorine Niedecker, "The Collected Poems of Basil Bunting, " "My Family and Other Animals, " Gerald Durrell, "The Alexandria Quartet, " Lawrence Durrell, "Road to Rembetika, " Gail Holst, "The Metamorphosis, " "The Trial, " Franz Kafka, "Voices, " Antonio Porchia, "The Poems of Georg Trakl, " "Life Supports, " William Bronk