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Rimas Užgiris is a poet, translator, editor and critic. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, AGNI, Atlanta Review, Iowa Review, Quiddity, Hudson Review and other journals. He is translation editor and primary translator of How the Earth Carries Us: New Lithuanian Poets, translator of Caravan Lullabies by Ilzė Butkutė, and Crystal by Judita Vaičiūnaitė. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship, he teaches translation at Vilnius University.

“When I decided to devote myself to poetry, around eight years ago, I was reading some translations of Tomas Venclova that didn't make much sense to me. I thought I could do better, and Massachusetts Review published one of the resulting translations. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Bibliography:
Crystal: Selected Poems by Judita Vaičiūnaitė. Chicago: Pica Pica Press (2017)
Caravan Lullabies: Selected Poems by Ilzė Butkutė. New York: A Midsummer Night’s Press (2016)
How the Earth Carries Us: New Lithuanian Poets. Marius Burokas (editor-in-chief) and Rimas Uzgiris (translation editor and primary translator). Vilnius: Lithuanian Culture Institute (2015)

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