G.Mend-Ooyo
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World Poetry Days in Mongolia

Biography

The Mongolian poet G.Mend-Ooyo was born and raised in a nomadic herding family, where his life cons...

Biography

G.Mend-Ooyo

Biography

The Mongolian poet G.Mend-Ooyo was born and raised in a nomadic herding family, where his life consisted of the endless steppe, the blue sky and the stars, livestock, swift horses, the long-song, folk stories and camel caravans....He began writing poetry at thirteen, and has published some forty books or poetry, essays and fiction. His work has been translated into about forty languages. 
Mend-Ooyo is also active in other areas of Mongolian culture. Since 2006, he has organised an annual exhibition of calligraphy, and between 1990 and 1996 he was involved in the development of the "Mijid Chenrezig" complex, which united Mongolian history and culture. Mend-Ooyo is one of the principal figures in Mongolia involved in the revival of traditional script culture and artistic techniques, and in the study and protection of cultural heritage.
Many commentators have pointed out that, in addition to clearly reflecting in his work the idea of safeguarding the earth and the natural world, Mend-Ooyo expresses with his gentle melodies the exquisite riches of the Mongolian language and of the nomadic worldview.  Mend-Ooyo's writings deal with the life of Mongolia’s nomadic herders, their culture and cultural knowledge. In his style and thematic material, he seeks to express the melody and richness of the Mongol language and nomadic society. His works has been translated into over fifty languages.

His novel Gegeenten (The Holy One) received “Golden Feather” annual award for Novel of the Year, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 2012. His last novel Shiliin Bogd (Sacred Hill) published in March of 2015.Mend-Ooyo has been awarded many prizes from literary organizations around the world. He received the Poet Laureate (with Golden Crown), highest poetry award from World Congress of Poets, Budapest, Hungary 2009 and has been awarded Grand Prize of the Mihai Eminescu International Academy, Romania 2014.

 

In 2015 he received the Order of Chinggis Khaan, the highest honor of Mongolia, by the declaration of Mongolian President.  

 

Biography

Curriculum Vitae

1970 Pedagogical College 1974-1978 Mongolian Educational University 1996 Master degree, University of Arts and Cu...

Studies and Degrees, Positions

  • 1970 Pedagogical College
  • 1974-1978 Mongolian Educational University
  • 1996 Master degree, University of Arts and Culture, Mongolia
  • 2002 Doctorate of Literature, World Academy of Arts and Culture
  • 2008 Professor of Arts and Culture, Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences

Positions

  • 1970-1974 Elementary school teacher, ZamiinUud village, Dornogovi province
  • 1978-1988 Editor-in-chief, Arts and Cultural Program, Mongolian Radio and Television
  • 1988-1990 Professional writer, Mongolian Writer’s Union
  • 1990-1996 Project Leader, Reconstruction of Migjed Janraisag complex in Ulaanbaatar
  • 1990-2000 Member of National Committee of UNESCO
  • 1990-1998 Executive Director, Vice-President, President, Mongolian Cultural Foundation
  • 1998-2000 Chairman, Government Agency, Culture and Arts
  • since 2004 Founder and Board member, Mongolian Art Council
  • since 2005 Founder and Editor-in-chief of “GUNU”, a culture, literature & poetry magazine
  • since 2005 President of the Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry
  • 2006 President of the XXVI World Congress of Poets in Mongolia.

Vitae

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About G.Mend-Ooyo

I would like to add that I consider you to be a poet of the first order. Your poem “I am coming to You” thrilled my heart and soul. You are “seeking for the eternal song the essence of love.” You are not only a poet but also a genuine seeker of the highest Truth. I do hope that we may one day meet together in your beloved Mongolia.

 

Quotations on G.Mend-Ooyo's works

In 2007, Altan Ovoo (Golden Hill) was published for the first time in English translation, prepared by Simon Wickham-Smith. The publication of this English translation brought a great deal of positive criticism from its readers.
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G.Mend-Ooyo was born on the open steppe of Dariganga, in the eastern part of Mongolia, and grew up ...