Lina ramona Vitkauskas

Chicago, IL

Author's Bio

Lina ramona Vitkauskas (Lithuanian-American-Canadian) has lived in Chicago for most of her life and is fascinated by old films and theatres, astronomy, retinas (after nearly going blind), comedy, Surrealism and dreams, and genealogy. In 1998, she lived in Lithuania for several months to complete her graduate thesis (post-workshop with recent National Book Award Winner, Nikky Finney). In 2009, Pulitzer-finalist Brenda Hillman selected her for The Poetry Center of Chicago's Juried Reading Award. She is the author of A Neon Tryst (Shearsman Books, 2013); HONEY IS A SHE (Plastique Press, April 2012); THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING (Ravenna Press, 2010); and Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006). With poet Larry Sawyer, she is co-editor of the long-running online literary magazine, milk magazine. She's been featured in Ugly Duckling Presse's Emergency Index; the anthology The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books); and published in White Fungus (New Zealand/Taiwan, currently on display at MoMA, NY); The Prague Literary Review; TriQuarterly; The Toronto Quarterly; Van Gogh's Ear (Paris), and many others. She is a faculty member at the new Chicago School of Poetics.

Publications and Prizes

A Neon Tryst
(Shearsman Books, 2013)
, Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star
(Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2006)
, Shooting Dead Films With Poets
(Fractal Edge Press, 2004)
, The Range of Your Amazing Nothing
(Ravenna Press, 2010)
The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century
(Cracked Slab Books, 2007)
After Hours, Another Chicago Magazine, Aufgabe, Big Bridge, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Chicago Review, Diagram, Drunken Boat, Echolocation, Fifth Wednesday Journal, La Petite Zine, Milk, MiPOesias, Mississippi Review, Moria, Prague Literary Review, Rampike, Requited, RHINO, Shampoo, The Toronto Quarterly, TriQuarterly, Van Gogh's Ear, VLAK, White Fungus, Wisconsin Review
Prizes Won: 
Summer Literary Seminars (Kenya, Lithuania, Montreal) - Finalist, Poetry (2011) • The Poetry Center of Chicago Juried Reading Award First Place, Selected by Brenda Hillman (2009) • Illinois Arts Council Award Nominee - Selected by Another Chicago Magazine (2009)• Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Contest, Sponsored by The Guild Complex - Semi-Finalist (2009) • Cleveland State University Open Poetry Series - Semi-Finalist (2002) • Carson McCullers Award, STORY magazine - Honorable Mention (1999) • Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) National Writing Competition - First Place, Fiction (1996)

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Last updated: Aug 05, 2013