Biography

Lina Ramona Vitkauskas is a Lithuanian-Canadian-US citizen and award-winning poet and video poet. For full bio, visit her website at linaramona.com.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/linaramonavit

 

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Micro-interview

Did you read poetry when you were in high school? Is there a particular poem that you loved when you were a teenager?

Yes. I grew up in a Lithuanian household, so poetry was upheld as something all children should read. There were some traditional Lithuanian poets such as Maironis taught at my Lithuanian school, but by the time I was in high school, like every brooding goth kid, I was reading Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, but I was particularly drawn to Surrealism in general. I would not be exposed to Surrealist or Cubist poetry, however, until about age 19, in college (Breton, Tzara, Mina Loy, Apollonaire). I was introduced to, however, poetry in high school like many US students: to 16th-17th century literature; Byron, Shelley, Shakespeare, then the usual Robert Frost. I'll never forget that in elementary school, the first poems I was introduced to were by Shel Silverstein.

When did you first start writing poetry? And then when did you start thinking of yourself as a poet?

College - around 19. I was writing short stories and gave up. My fragmented, tangential mindset didn't seem to fit the linear, narrative nature of prose.

What do you think a poet’s “job” is?

To make people think. Also to be the unsung legislators (Shelley).

Publications

Title
Between Plague & Kleptocracy: Invented Poetic Creations & Conversations of Seva & Bill

Publisher
Secret Airplanes Press
Date
2021
Publication type
Book
Title
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Publisher
Secret Airplanes Press
Date
2018
Publication type
Book
Title
A Neon Tryst
Publisher
Shearsman Books
Date
2013
Publication type
Book
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