Gintaras Grajauskas is one of Lithuania’s leading poets, and also a multi-talented playwright, essayist, novelist and editor. He was born in 1966 in Marijampole, and lives in Klaipėda. He won the Z. Gėlė Prize for best first book of poems with Tatuiruotė (Tattoo, 1993). Another collection, Kaulinė dūdelė (Bone Pipe, 1999), won both the Spring of Poetry and Simonaitytė Awards. His books have been translated into English, German, Swedish, Polish and other languages. Grajauskas also works as editor of Klaipėda, a daily newspaper popular in Klaipėda city and the western part of Lithuania. He is responsible for the selection of literary works and promotion of young Lithuanian writers featured in Klaipėda’s monthly literary supplement Gintaro lašai, and has organised the annual poetry festival Placdarmas (Bridgehead) in Klaipėda since 2000. Having studied jazz at the State Conservatoire in Klaipėda, he also sings and plays the bass guitar in the band Kontrabanda. He has been head of the literary department of Klaipėda Drama theatre since 2008. Grajauskas was awarded the Lithuanian Ministry for Culture's Prize in 2003, and in 2007 he won the Lithuanian Golden Stage Cross for his play Mergaitė, kurios bijojo Dievas (The Girl Who Frightened God). In 2013 Grajauskas was awarded the Lithuanian Government Prize.
A selection of his poems appeared in the bilingual anthology Six Lithuanian Poets (Arc Publications, 2008). The first English translation of his poetry, Then What, translated by Rimis Uzgiris, is published by Bloodaxe in 2018.
Author photo: Vladas Braziūnas
Books by Gintaras Grajauskas