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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. Butkus calls “a workshop of concepts.” With his sister, and friends in the trade, he publishes poetry chapbooks. The latest was The Frankfurt Chapbooks, a set of 10 poetry chapbooks by Lithuanian poets. His residence is the “Amber-chamber,” on the outskirts of Klaip_da, and he is participating in the program courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.

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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