Born in 1950 in the village of Zanati (in Abasha district) is a Georgian poet and translator. In 1987 he graduated from the Moscow Gorky Literary Institute. From 1983 onwards he was a member of the Union of Writers. His first publication of poetry was in 1973-74. He is the author of the following poetry collections: City under Wings (1982), A Quiet Street (1986), Partition (1987), A Winter of Loneliness (1997), The Moon’s Jubilee (2003), Crazy Stars (2006), The Eighth Sound (2008), Mirabilis Vita (2008), Love is Ballast (2013). In 1982 he took part in the Lvov poetry festival. He has published books of translations of works by the Nobel-prize-winning Russian poets, Joseph Brodsky (Greetings from Nowhere, 1993; The Island of Crystal, 2010, The Next Century, 2012) and Boris Pasternak (Yuri Zhivago’s Poems, 2009). At various times he has also translated and published poetry by Pushkin, Lermontov, Blok, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Frost, Benn, Apollinaire, Queneaux, Staff, Hofmannsthal, Schaukal, Braun, Wildhagen, Werfel and others. Danelia’s poems have been published in Armenia (Sovetakan Grog, 1988).


  • Mirabilis Vita, Inovacia Publishing, 2009
  • Anniversary of the Moon, Merani, 2003
  • View, Merani, 1998
  • Solitude of Winter, Merani, 1997
  • Hello from Nowhere, Khomli, 1993
  • Septum, Merani, 1987
  • Silent Street, Nakaduli, 1986
  • City under Wings, Merani, 1982


  • The Galaktion Tabidze Prize, Tbilisi Municipality Assembly Literature and Art Competition for Year’s Best Work of Poetry 2016
  • Literary award SABA 2009in category the best poetry collection Mirabilis Vita  
  • Order of Merit for his Contribution to the Development of Literature 2001

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