Kerry Shawn Keys

Zemaitijos 3/15
Vilnius 01134
(717) 241-6033 or +370 61380225

Author's Bio

I am a poet and playwright, author of children's books,and recently writing Wonderscipts (short prose fiction). Translator from Portuguese and Lithuanian into English. 40 some books published, many overseas. I divide my time between Vilnius and Pennsylvania hill country. Former Fulbright scholar of African-Brazilian studies; and former Fulbright Assistant Professor in Creative Composition and Translation Practice and Theory Translation at Vilnius University.Poet-in-Residence at SLS, Vilnius.World Poetry Ambassador, Republic of Užupis. Column for Poetry International, SD:"Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry"; Most recent books: Night Flight(poems);Pienas (prose)

Publications and Prizes

A Gathering Of Smoke
(Three Continents Press, 1989)
, Book of Beasts
(Presa :S: Press, 2009)
, Broken Circle
(Virtual Artists Collective, 2005)
, Ch'antscapes
(Pine Press, 1998)
, Conversations With Tertium Quid
(Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers, 2004)
, Decoy's Desire
(Pennywhistle Press, 1993)
, Krajina Supu Vultures' Country
(Votobia, 1996)
, Night Flight
(Presa :S: Press, 2012)
, Tao Te Ching Meditations: Bones & Buzzards
(Periplum, 2003)
, The Burning Mirror
(Presa :S: Press, 2008)
, The Hearing
(Paco Books, 1992)
, Transporting
(Presa :S: Press, 2010)
100 Words, Blue Guitar, Iowa Review, Kayak, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, The Nation
Prizes Won: 
National Endowment for Arts Literature Fellowship; Poetry Society of America, Robert H. Winner;Pennsylvania Council On The Arts;Laureate, Lithuania Translation;DJS Translation Award, 2012, New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry 1990-2012; Perry County Artist of the Year; among many others

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
All that I can find of Seamus Heaney by Seamus Heaney
Moderrnity And The Holocaust by Zygmunt Bauman
Selected Poems by Jorge Luis Borges; also Z. Herbert's Collected
Divine Comedy by Dante
The Fables of La Fontaine by version by Marianne Moore

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Harrisburg, PA
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Last updated: Jun 29, 2014