Liutauras DEGESYS

  • Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • 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. The author of five books of poetry, his works have enjoyed wide distribution: Zalias Paukistis ("The Green Bird", 1984) had a run of 30,000 copies), 20,000 copies of Rugsejo Zvaigzoe ("The Star of September"); and 25,000 copies of Naktis ("Night"). At least forty pop songs have been set to music from his texts. He writes for adults as well as children, and has taken part in the country-wide "Poetry Spring" Festival since 1982. Dr. Degesys is at the IWP through a grant from the US Information Agency.

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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