Kerry Shawn Keys

Fiction Writer, Poet


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 & Prizes

Night Flight (Presa :S: Press, 2012)
Transporting (Presa :S: Press, 2010)
Book of Beasts (Presa :S: Press, 2009)
The Burning Mirror (Presa :S: Press, 2008)
Broken Circle (Virtual Artists Collective, 2005)
Conversations With Tertium Quid (Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers, 2004)
Tao Te Ching Meditations: Bones & Buzzards (Periplum, 2003)
Ch'antscapes (Pine Press, 1998)
Krajina Supu Vultures' Country (Votobia, 1996)
Decoy's Desire (Pennywhistle Press, 1993)
The Hearing (Paco Books, 1992)
A Gathering Of Smoke (Three Continents Press, 1989)
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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 update: Jun 29, 2014