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Poetess.
She was born 28 April, 1979 in Puodžiai village, Pasvalys district.
In 1997 she finished P. Vileišis Secondary school in Pasvalys. In 2001 she finished her studies of Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius Pedagogical University. In 2002 she worked as an editor at magazines “Aktyvios jungtys” and “LUX / jauniems”. In 2003-2005 she was an editor of pages for youth at weekly “Literatūra ir menas”. Her debut was in 1996. Her works have been included into various almanacks and collections. Now she lives in Brussels, Belgium.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2010.

Alfonsas Andriuškevičius

Poet, essayist, art critic
Was born on 18 December, 1940 in Vilkaviškis.
In 1959 he graduated from Kaunas Secondary School. In 1965 he graduated from Vilnius University and in 1973 he earned a degree at Historical Institute. From 1974 till 1990 he worked at Philosophy, Sociology and Law Institute, from 1990 till 2009 he was a lecturer at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts and the head of Art History and Theory Department from 1993 till 2001. He is Doctor of Arts, a professor of honor of Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2001.

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Poet, prose writer
He was born 27 January, 1966 in Videniškiai, Molėtai district.
In 1984 he finished his studies at Secodnary school. He studied at Vilnius 21st Technical School. After his studies he did military service in Soviet army in Kazakhstan. After the army he worked as a locksmith and lathe operator at factories for some time. In 1988-1994 he studied at Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy and acquired a specialty of an actor (in 1992) and director (in 1994). In 1995-1999 he was an editor of weekly “Literatūra ir menas”. He was an actor at Vilnius Small Theater and later at Vilnius National Drama Theater. Now he works at editorial office of “Literatūra ir menas”, also as an actor and director of TV series. His poetry debut was in 1994. He is a member of Lithuanian PEN Center. He lives and works in Vilnius.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 1998.

Anna Halberstadt is the author of two collections of poetry - “Vilnius Diary” (2014) and “transit” (2106) Her creative work has been published by Amarillo Bay, Alembic, Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Bluestem, Caliban, Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Cosmonauts Avenue, Forge, Good Men Project, Hawaii Pacific Review, Lilith, Literary Imagination (Oxford Journals), Mudfish, OVS Journal, St. Petersburg Review, Permafrost, Crack the Spine, Rio Grande Review, Jewish Women’s Literary Annual and Tiferet, and translations of her poems in the Lithuanian journals Literatūra Ir Menas, Metai and Šiaurės Atėnai.

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Poet
She was born 28 November, 1987 in Vilnius.
She finished Saulės Gymnasium in Biržai. In 2011 she finished her studies of history at Vilnius Pedagogical University. In 2013 she got her Master’s degree of religious sciences at Vilnius University. Now she is studying for PhD at Vilnius University. She has worked as a reviewer of books, film critic, participated in several literary competitions as a member of the board. She is one of the organizers of audiovisual poetry festival TARP. Her poems has been translated into English, Russian, French, German, Polish and Latvian languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2012.

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Poet, prose writer, literary critic, translator.
He was born 2 February, 1973 in Vilnius.
In 1995 he was an editor of magazine “Jaunimo gretos”, in 1996-2001 and 2008 he worked at editorial office of “Literatūra ir menas”. He collaborated with the Teachers’ House organizing various literary events and readings and was one of the organizers of The Literary Winter of the Capital festivals (2001-2004). In 2002 together with Darius Pocevičius he launched a website “tekstai.lt” and was one of its administrators. He works at editorial office of monthly magazine “Metai” since 2010. He constantly arranges literary readings. He has had several exhibitions of visual poetry. He takes photos and films literary events, he is in charge of website “Tekstai TV”. His poems have been published in various collections and almanacks “Poezijos pavasaris”, “Poetinis Druskininkų ruduo” and translated into English, Latvian, Russian, Polish, Belorussian and Portuguese.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1995.

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Poet.
Dainius Dirgėla was born in 1969 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In 1993 he graduated from Vilnius University in Lithuanian language and literature and classical philology. Dainius lives in Vilnius and has worked in advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director since 1998.

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Poet, translator, art and literary critic
He was born 7 February, 1973 in Slabadėlė village, Alytus district.
In 1991 he finished Secondary school in Daugai and in 1995 he finished his studies of Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. In 1998-2000 he studied Art History and Theory in Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. In 2000 he had a thought of non professional painters association called Maskoliškių meno frontas. He takes pictures of outside toilets, doghouses and ladders. He is a member of the art movement Sintezija. His work has been published in different almanacks and anthologies. He participated in various foreign poetry festivals.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2010.

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Poetess, playwright, actress
She was born 24 April, 1967 in Marijampolė.
In 1985 she finished Marijampolė Secondary school and in 1991 she graduated from Kaunas Medical Institute. From 1990 she worked as an actress at Kaunas Chamber Theater. In 2008 she started working as the head of literature part at Kaunas Chamber Theater. Her debut in press was in 1990. Her poetry has been included into various almanacks and collections as well as translated into English, Russian, Finnish, Swedish and other languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1998.

Danutė Kalinauskaitė

Prose writer, essayist
She was born 31 October, 1959 in Kaunas.
In 1983 she finished her studies of Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. From 1983 till 1994 she worked at magazine Moksleivis. Later she collaborated with various publishing houses in Lithuanian, mostly with Baltos lankos. From 2003 she worked as an editor at Publishing Center of Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2011.

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Poet, essayist, prose writer
He was born 13 June, 1953 in Prienai.
In 1971-1975 he studied at Kaunas Institute of Physical Education. In 1975-1976 he worked as a coach at Kaunas Children Sport school, then for a short time he worked as an instructor of a tourist club and as an ambulance medic. In 1977-1980 he worked at Museum of Literature. From 1981 till 1989 he worked as a chemistry laboratory assistant at Kaunas Radio Measurement Technique Research Institute. In 1989 he started working at editorial office of “Nemunas” as an editor, and after it became a weekly magazine he worked as a deputy of editor in chief till 2012. His works have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has participated in events of reading in various foreign countries.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 1985.

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Poet, essayist, translator.
Born in 22 February, 1960 in Barnaul (Russia) in deportation. Since 1962 has been living in Vilnius. In 1983 he graduated Vilnius University Department of Mathematics. In 1990 – 2000 worked as a fellowship at Culture and Art Institute; in 1994 – 2002 – a director of international programmes in the Lithuanian Writers Union, a director of an international poetry festival Poetry Spring (Poezijos pavasaris). Since 1994 he has been a board member of the Lithuanian Writers' Union, since 1999 – a member of Lithuania PEN club. In 1998 – 2002 – a board member of the Baltic Writers Board. Since 2003 he has been working as a chief editor of magazine Vilnius, published in the English (The Vilnius Review) and Russian languages. His poems are translated into more than ten foreign languages. He participate in various international festivals, projects and events of literature.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 1993.

Poetess, literary critic, essayist
She was born 21 March, 1980 in Kėdainiai.
In 2004 she finished her studies of Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University and in 2007 she got her Master's degree. She worked in a bookstore, and at magazines for youth “Lux”, “Birutė”, also “Bernardinai.lt”, “Verslo žinios”, National Television and Radio (LRT) and “Mažoji studija”. She has published a lot of reviews and essays in cultural press. Her poems were published in various almanacks and collections. She is and editor at editorial office of “Šiaurės Atėnai” since 2010.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2011.

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Poet, prose writer, playwright.
He was born 19 February, 1966 in Marijampolė.
He finished S. Šimkus High music school and in 1987 he graduated from Klaipėda Conservatoire. From 1990 till 1994 he worked at Klaipėda Radio, television and since 1994 he is in charge of literary supplement “Gintaro lašai” of daily newspaper “Klaipėda”. Since 2008 he is in charge of literary part of Klaipėda Drama Theater. He plays bass guitar and sings in a blues-rock band “Kontrabanda”, former jazz-rock band “Rokfeleriai”. He lives in Klaipėda. His poems are translated into English, German, Swedish, Dutch, Korean, Finnish, Polish, Latvian, Estonian, Russian and other languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 1995.

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Prose writer, playwright, poet, translator.
He was born 18 June, 1929 in Jonava.
He spent his childhood in Jonava. In 1941 he moved East. He lived and studied in Kazakhstan. In 1945 he came back to Lithuania and lived in Vilnius. His debut as a poet was in 1948. In 1953 he finished studies of Russian language and literature at Vilnius University. In 1953-1956 he worked at Institute of the Lithuanian Language and Literature, from 1962 till 1972 he worked at Lithuanian Film Studios. In 1993 he moved to Israel. During the years of 1995-1999 he was a reporter for the biggest USA newspaper in Russian language “Novoje ruskoje slovo” in Israel. He was a member of Reform Movement of Lithuania. From 1988 till 1993 he was a chairman of the Jewish Community and now he is a honorary chairman of the Jewish Community. He is also a member of Israel and Russian PEN Center. His works have been translated into Polish, German, English, French, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Hebrew and other languages. He writes in Russian.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1954.

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Poet, essayist, translator.
He was born 24 December, 1976 in Jonava.
He finished 5th Jonava Secondary school. In 1999 he finished his studies of history theory and history of culture at Vilnius University. He worked at Lithuanian Special Archive. From 2011 till 2014 he worked at editorial office of “Literatūra ir menas” as accountable secretory, and since 2014 he is an editor in chief. His poetry is translated into English, Bulgarian, Russian, Latvian, Polish, Georgian, German, Ukrainian, Croatian and Belorussian languages. He translates poetry and prose from German and Russian languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2010.

Poetess
She was born 14 February, 1984 in Vilnius.
She studied photography, worked in areas of advertising and copy-writing. Later on she started participating in various creative education projects in schools. Now she is gives lectures on creative thinking techniques for adults. She is an active participant in literary events both in Lithuania and abroad. Her poetry has been translated into English, German, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Latvian, Estonian, Turkish, Hungarian, Catalan and Basque languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2015.

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Poetess.
She was born 15 April, 1984 in Kaunas.
In 2002 she graduated from Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium. In 2006 she graduated from Vilnius University, Kaunas Faculty of Humanities and in 2008 she finished her studies at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts and got her Master's degree. From 1999 till 2002 she worked as an assistant at “Kaunas Jazz” festival and in 2006-2007 she worked as an editor at photo news agency “INNA”. She wrote articles to “Kauno diena”, “Respublika”, “Gramofonas, “Ieva” and “L'Officiel mada”. She also sang at rock operas. Now she has her own broadcast “Kultūra per Penki TV” at an internet TV station.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 2012.

Aušra Kaziliūnaitė

Jurgis Kunčinas (1947-2002) is still one of the most popular Lithuanian writers. Very prolific, he wrote mostly half-fictionalised autobiographical stories, some novel-length, some shorter. He also published several books of poetry (including poetry for children), and a few collections of non-fiction essays. He was a very proficient translator from German. In life and in work, he was known for his ability to sense beauty in the mundane, and even in dirtiness, and for his humour, sometimes bitter-sweet, but often side-splitting, which is rare in Lithuanian literature.

Kęstutis Navakas (1964) is one of the most visible Lithuanian poets. He grew up in Kaunas, which figures in his work as his beloved city, and he has been a very active participant in the city’s cultural life. Besides writing for the cultural media, Navakas opened his own bookshop, which was one of the first private initiatives to organise literary events. He has also worked for television as a book reviewer, and has translated quite a lot of poetry from German and English. His own writing is marked by a very playful attitude towards language.

Mantas Balakauskas, a Lithuanian poet of the younger generation, studied history at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. His poems have been published in the Lithuanian literary magazines Šiaurės atėnai, Literatūra ir menas and Naujoji Romuva, as well as in the Poetry Spring festival almanac. In 2013 he received the Pushkin Prize at the Druskininkai Poetic Fall festival. He co-founded the Slinktys cultural society in 2015, and his debut poetry collection Rome was published in 2016. Rome was nominated as one of the five best poetry books in the Book of the Year competition.

 

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Poet, literary critic and scholar, translator.
He was born 27 May, 1976 in Panevėžys.
In 1994-2000 he studied Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. From 1999 till 2008 he worked as an editor at magazine “Metai”. In 2002-2003 he studied Yiddish language and literature at Oxford University. In 2006 he defended his Doctoral thesis at Vilnius University and was awarded Young Scientists Union and Gerhard Ruef Stiftung Awards. He gave lectures at Vilnius University and is the head of Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. From 2006 he organizes the annual event “Literatūros salos” for students and lecturers of literature.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2012.

Nerijus Cibulskas was born on 28 February, 1987 in Kaišiadorys. In 2006 he finished Algirdas Brazauskas Secondary school in his hometown and in 2010 graduated from Vilnius University in Lithuanian language and literature. Cibulskas’s poems have been published in Lithuanian literature almanacs and periodicals. His first poetry book Nutrinami (Erasables) was published in 2012 and his second, Archeologija (Archeology), in 2016. Cibulskas was awarded the Young Yotvingian Prize for Archeologija the same year. He has been a member of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2016.

 

Rasa Aškinytė has a Bachelor’s degree in History, a Master's degree in Philosophy, and she almost completed her PhD in Science of Education. She teaches at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. Since 2006, she is involved in different projects of the Council of Europe Pestalozzi program (Strasbourg) in various countries - Germany, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro, Norway, France, etc.

Literary critic and essayist
Was born 3 March, 1956 in Skaudvile, Taurage district.
He graduated from Vilnius University in 1990. Since 1994, he has been teaching at the University, where he is currently a proffesor of the Lithuanian literature department in the Philology Faculty.
Along with the study published in 1998 entitle A Journey to the Beginning of Time: Hindu Idealism, Vydunas, Kreve. Tamošaitis has written several articles and commentary in Lithuanian on the ancient Indian religious and philosophical monument, the Bhagavad Gita. His work is distinguished by its interdisciplinary viewpoint, links between literature and philoso¬phy, mythology, and religious contexts, and a combination of various methods of analysis.
He has published two books of essays – “Vitaminų pardavėjas’ (The Vendor of Vitamins, 2007) and “Vien tik zuikiai naktyje” (Like Rabbits in the Night, 2016).
Tamosaitis has a wife, four children, he lives and works in Vilnius.

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Poet, playwright, essayist
He was born 13 October, 1954 in Vilnius.
In 1978 he finished his studies of English language and literature at Vilnius University. He had an internship at National London Theater, “The Traverse” theater in Edinburgh and also at Scarborough Theater. From 1978 till 1986 he worked as an editor at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and gave lectures at Vilnius University. In 1986 he moved to Palanga and gave lectures at Klaipėda University. He wrote for “Atgimimas” (1989-1990), “Lietuvos rytas” (1993-2004), “Akiračiai” (2003-2004) and “Verslo klasė” (from 2005). He is a participant of many international cultural projects and conferences.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1990.

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Sara Poisson (real name: Rasa Čergelienė) – poetess, prose writer, essayist.
She was born 30 June 1964, in Plinkšiai, Mažeikiai district.
In 1982 she finished Juozas Balčikonis Secondary school in Panevėžys. From 1983 till 1990 she studied at Vilnius University, Faculty of History and got her degree in journalism. She started working for “Penevėžio balsas” in 1988 and worked till 1992. During the years of 1992-2007 she worked as a journalist for daily newspaper “Lietuvos rytas”. From 2007 till 2013 she worked for “ORLEN Lietuva” company in communication department. Since 2013 she is a freelance translator and journalist. Her work has been published in literary press as well as in various almanacks and collections: “Poezijos pavasaris”, “Poetinis Druskininkų ruduo”, “Po šiaurės dangum”, “Diemedžio vakarai” and others. Her work has been translated into English, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Georgian, Russian, Latvian, Belorussian and Dutch.
She is also a photographer and has had several individual exhibitions.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2003.

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Poet, prose writer, playwright, literary critic
He was born 10 February, 1965 in Obeliai, Rokiškis district.
In 1990 he finished his studies of Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. He worked at editorial offices of Aitvaras, Literatūra ir menas, Lietuvos aidas, Lietuvos rytas and Šiaurės Atėnai. During the years of 2003-2007 he was an editor at Šiaurės Atėnai. In 2002-2003 he had a column in weekly magazine Veidas. Now he writes texts for various periodicals. His works have been translated into English, Albanian, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Slovenian, Swedish, German and other languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1994.

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Poet, essayist, literary critic, translator.
He was born 11 September, 1937 in Klaipėda.
From 1954 till 1960 he studied Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. He worked at Institute of History and gave lectures at Vilnius University. In 1966 he established a Semiotics club. He entered Lithuanian Helsinki Group in 1975 and in 1977 he went to give lectures to Berkeley University (USA) and after that he worked in Ohio University. Since 1980 he worked at Yale University. He is a professor of Slavic languages and literature and now works at New Haven. His poems are translated into English, German, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese and other languages.

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Prose writer
He was born 9 July, 1962 in Anykščiai.
In 1980 he finished J. Biliūnas Secondary school in Anykščiai. In 1985 he finished Lithuanian literature studies at Vilnius University and worked at Vilnius University from 1985 till 1990. In 1990-1992 he was an adviser of Darius Kuolys (a Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania). From 1988 till 1990 he, together with others, was publishing a cultural magazine “Sietynas” that was independent from Soviet censorship. From 1992 he lives in Paris. He worked at Free Europe Radio till 2004. He collaborates with National Radio and Television (LRT).
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1989.

Vytautas Stankus (b. 8 of November, 1984), a poet and translator, lives in Vilnius. Vytautas studied English philology at the Lithuanian Pedagogical University. He began publishing poems in the literary press in 2007. His first poetry collection, Vaikščiojimas kita ledo puse (Walking on the Other Side of the Ice ), from 2009 won the Zigmas Gaidamavičius-Gėlė Prize for the best poetry debut. Literature critics have hailed Vytautas as one of the most emergent Lithuanian poets. His second poetry book Iš veidrodžio, už (From the Mirror, Behind) was published in 2014. The book was chosen as one of the five best poetry books of 2014 in the Book of the Year competition. In February 2015  Iš veidrodžio, už was awarded the title of poetry book of the year 2014 in Lithuania. His new book of poetry Skruzdžių skandinimas (The Drowning of the Ants) came out in December, 2016.

Žygimantas Kudirka

Copywriter and publicist. Writer in the fields of interactive poetry and artificial languages. Artist of avant-garde rap and the voice of electronic music.
A few years in a row represented Lithuania in the European Slam Poetry Championships. Won first place in the 2014 European Poetry Slam Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Performed in multiple audiovisual and sound poetry collaborations. Gave creative writing lectures.
Has won multiple awards and nominations in the fields of music, advertising, visuals, and literature.
Has made hundreds of appearances at musical events and readings in Lithuanian clubs and festivals and has performed in Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, the UK, France, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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