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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.

 

Bibliography:
Taika tavo kraujui: poetry. – Vilnius: Scena, 1997.
Tylos artėjantis: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2003.
Lietaus dievas: short stories. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2005.
Meškeriotojai: short story. – Vilnius: Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka, 2008.
Mano vardas – Marytė: novel. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2011–2014 (re-print).

 

Co-author:

Svetimi: poems (together with D. Dirgėla, V. Gedgaudas, E. Ignatavičius, D. Valančiauskas). – Vilnius: Vakarinės naujienos, 1994.
Svetimi po 20: anthology of poetic group Svetimi (together with D. Dirgėla, E. Ignatavičius, L. Leščinskas, D. Valančiauskas). – Vilnius: Homo liber, 2014.

 

Drew up:

Poezijos pavasaris, 1995: almanack. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1995.
Poezijos pavasaris, 1996: almanack. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1996.
A. Puškinas. Lyrika: poems in Lithuanian and Russian languages. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1999.

 

Awards:

1996 Varpai literary award for poetry publication.
1998 Zigmas Gėlė-Gaidamavičius award for the best poetry debut of the year.
2003 Book Tylos artėjantis was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2004 Julijonas Lindė-Dobilas literary award.
2004 Balta varna award.
2005 Book Lietaus dievas was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2012 Jurgis Kunčinas literary award.
2012 Book Mano vardas – Marytė was elected the Book of the Year and was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2012 Lithuanian Writers' Union award for the book Mano vardas – Marytė.
2013 Patriot award for the book Mano vardas – Marytė.

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