Tautvyda MARCINKEVIČIŪTĖ (poetry, translation; Lithuania) has published 15 books of poetry, and three books of children’s poetry. Among her many national awards is the Poezijos Pavasaris National Poet Laureateship. A prolific translator from the English, she has had her own work translated into more than ten languages; the bilingual Lithuanian-English volume Terribly in Love appeared in 2018. She participates courtesy of the Paul and Hualing Engle Foundation.
Laurynas KATKUS (poet, fiction writer, translator, essayist; Lithuania) is the author of the novel Judantys šešėliai [Moving Shadows] (2012), the essay collection Sklepas [The Basement] (2011), and the poetry collections Balsai, Rašteliai [Voices, Notes] (1998), Nardymo pamokos [Diving Lessons] (2003) and Už septynių gatvių [Behind 7 Streets] (2009).
Jurate SUCYLAITE (fiction writer, poet, Lithuania; born 1959 Panevezys) began writing and publishing her prose and poetry at a very early age. Her first novel was published in a state magazine when she was 17; around the same time she was one of the winners of the Soviet Union's children's literature competition. In medical school, she was an active participant in the movement of Lithuanian medical poets. In addition to working as a psychiatrist, Dr.
Marius IVAŠKEVIČIUS is the author of a collection of short stories, two novels, and five plays, and is widely translated. His dramatic work has been staged in Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Finland, Italy, and Russia, with two plays receiving the Best Lithuanian Play award (2002 and 2004). Ivaskevicius has also written and directed three documentary films, among them Two on the Bridge (2004) and the short My Father (2007). His screenplay for Purple Smoke won the 2001 TransEuroScript prize.
Gintaras GRAJAUSKAS (b. 1966, Marijampole) won the Z. Gele Prize for best first book of poems with Tatuiruote (Tattoo, 1993). Another collection of his, Kauline dudele (Bone Pipe, 1999), won both the Spring of Poetry and Simonaityte Awards. His works have been translated into English, German, Polish among other languages. In addition to writing poetry, Mr. Grajauskas works as a journalist and editor of Klaipeda, a daily newspaper very popular in Klaipeda city and the western part of Lithuania.
Liutauras DEGESYS is associate professor of philosophy at the Vilnius Pedagogical University, where he also directs a writing project. He graduated from Vilnius University with a diploma in psychology and philosophy, and earned the Ph.D. in philosophy in 1993. He holds a diploma for postgraduate studies in history and the philosophy of art from the Central European University of Prague.
Marius BUROKAS (born 1977, Vilnius) is a project manager and editor in Lithuania's largest public relations company, Viesuju Ryiu Partneriai; he is concurrently completing graduate studies in Lithuanian literature at Vilnius University. He is the author of the poetry collection Ideograms (1999); his poems have appeared in various Lithuanian, Finnish, and Russian journals. A second book of poems, Planning a Murder, is forthcoming in the autumn of 2001. The US Department of State is supporting his residency at the IWP.
Tomas S. BUTKUS (toh-mahs boot-kooss; poet; Lithuania b. 1975, Klaipeda) is an architect who gradutated in 1999 from Vilnius Gedimino Technical University with a Masters of Science Degree. Under the penname Slombas, he has authored numerous translations and original collections of poetry, his most recent being Kas Bos Parasyta Kaip Siandien (How Today Will Be Written, 2001). He is also a bookmaker, designer, and editor-publisher at “Vario Burnos” (Copper Mouths, 1992 – ) which Mr.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.