December 3, 2011
Lina ramona Vitkauskas (Lithuanian-American-Canadian), b. 1973. Selected by former Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Brenda Hillman, to receive the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading Award in 2009. Author of poetry book THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING (Ravenna Press, 2010) and chapbook Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006). Finalist – Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Contest (2011). Illinois Arts Council Award Nominee – (by Another Chicago Magazine, 2009). Can be heard on Chicago Public Radio’s (WBEZ) Chicago Amplified (Woman Made Gallery, Women’s History Month; Harold Washington Public Library, National Poetry Month; Series A–Hyde Park Art Center; Future Perfect + New Media Series). Translator for UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry. Published in TriQuarterly, Sharkforum, The Prague Literary Review, The Chicago Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Van Gogh’s Ear (Paris), VLAK (Eds. Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2007), Aufgabe, Drunken Boat, White Fungus (New Zealand), MiPoesias, Paper Tiger (Australia), and the In Posse Review Multi-Ethnic Anthology (Ed. Ilya Kaminsky). MA in Composition & Rhetoric: Creative Writing, Wright State University (2000). Often entertains the notion that she is a comedian, astronomer, herbal alchemist, chanteuse, and/or spy.
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