Free-lanced author from 1974 until now : 11 "neosurrealist"
poetry books "The oak of wolves" 1968, "A
door on the expanse" 1971, "Permit the small bird to
twaddle outdoors" 1976, "Mental nostrils" 1978,
"I sip darknesses" 1988, "Fullmoon midday"
1990, "Consciousness is a snakeskin" 1995, "Subconsciousness
is always jolly" 2000 etc.; 2 pseudohistoric novels
"The diary of a horsethief" 1996, "She put hundred
men on their backs" about Estonian lady-wrestlers
a hundred years ago 1998; a collection of short stories,
20 radioplays, 2 manuscripts for cinema, 3 manuscripts for open-air
performancies, translations from different languages into Estonian,
including authors such as: T. S. Eliot, A. Ginsberg, L. Ferlinghetti,
G. Corso, C.Pinkola-Estés, C. Shields, P. Boran, G. Rosenstock,
J. F.Deane, W. Soyinka, W. Busch, H. Hoffmann, K. Schwitters,
F. Dostoyevsky, F. Tyuchev, A. Fet, J. Olesha, N. Gumilyov, J.
Brodsky, F.G. Lorca, R. Alberti, Y. Emre, U. Kailas, A. Hellaakoski,
A. Meriluoto, Du Fu, Pu Songling, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, Yoshinobu
no Onakatomi and others. Have also translated "1001 nights",
together with my wife Ly Seppel, as well as Siberian folklore.My
own poems have been translated into 30 languages. Editor of Estonian
Encyclopaedia 1972-74 (I edited articles on Estonian, Finnish
and Hungarian literature, theory of literature, linguistics and
folklore). Editor of monthly magazine "Kultuur ja Elu"
1968-72. Editor of Estonian literary weekly "Sirp ja Vasar"
1966-68. Editor of the monthly magazine "Küsimused
ja Vastused" 1965-66. Participated in expeditions exploring
small Fenno-Ugric and Samoyedic nations in northern Siberia and
European Russia 1964-65, 1972
Estonian Philharmony Prize for the best song lyrics of the year,
1984. Award of Mainor Limited for the best poetry book of the
year,1990. "Looming"(a literary monthly) Prize for
the best poem of the year, 1994, Estonian Cultural Capital Prize
for the best poetry book of the year, 1996. Finnish Ponkala Foundation
Prize for the best introduction of Finnish culture abroad, 1996.
"Looming" Prize for the best novel of the year, 1998.
EXPO-2000 Prize for my poem imitating Kurt Schwitters´
MERZ-style Estonian National Prize 2001 for poetry collection
"Subconsciousness is always jolly". Juhan Liiv Prize
for the best poem of the year, 2003.
Poetry readings and festivals abroad I have taken part: in Finland:
Helsinki (several times), Oulu, Kajaani, Turku; in Sweden: Stockholm,
Gotland, Biskop-Arnö; in Danmark: Copenhagen, Arhus; in
Iceland: Reykjavik; in Canada: Toronto; in USA: New York; in
Colombia: Medellin, Bucaramanga;
in Japan: Tenri; in Ouzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand; in Tajikistan:
Dushanbe; in Georgia: Thbilisi, Tshinvali, Pitsunda; in Armenia:
Yerevan; in Russia: Moscow, Petersburg, Kaliningrad;
in Latvia: Riga, Jurmala; in Lithuania: Anik_iai, Druskininkai,
Kaunas, Klaipeda, Nida, Vilnius;
in Netherlands: Maastricht; in Germany: Hannover (EXPO-2000);
in Macedonia: Struga; in Romania: Curtea de Arges; in Italy:
Trieste; in Slovenia: Vilenica, Ljubljana.
Active languages(speaking fluently): Estonian, Finnish, English,
Passive languages (reading with dictionary): German, Spanish,
French, Ostyak-Samoyedic, Vote,Vepsian, Karelian, Izhorian (the
last five are small Samoyedic and Finno-Ugric languages)
Andres Ehin deceased on December 10, 2011 in Tallin, the capital