Back in 2005 (?!) I was a 30-something, passionate-struggling-copywriter-poet who began a diary-of-sorts on MySpace about my pending divorce. It was extremely painful, but also liberating and necessary in a very Buddhist-groundless way (in hindsight). Around that time, I was researching family stories passed down through old documents and interviews with my grandmother, and I…… Continue reading Uncovering Old Projects • ÜMWELT
YES! My White Stockings cinepoems will be featured in the Ready Freddy Film Festival August 24 at The Den Theatre. The festival highlights alternative and original work within the Chicago area as well as international work.
Originally published on The Conversant (March 2016). Interview by poet Virginia Konchan. Conversant: In your own history, as a first-generation American of Lithuanian descent, you describe feeling a degree of alienation from your relatives who were born in Lithuania or Ukraine—or who had been through the war. Is there a healthy form of displacement—at least…… Continue reading Interview, The Conversant (with Virginia Konchan)
Poems from 2017 issue of Vilnius Review—so grateful to Marius Burokas for publishing them! A sample:– Citizen (Lina)I braided my hair until I found a bloody stalk,yanked up with a sharp breath, as if I’d drowned.My dreams of Gediminas: his tungsten ribcage, fangs flashing, corpus blown apart, singular carbon flecks Lupus*-born.I severed…… Continue reading Poems, Vilnius Review
“The ‘trysts’ of Lina Ramona Vitkauskas’ chapbook, A Neon Tryst, are shot through with ‘neon’—that is, they are saturated with chemicals, textures, atmosphere, and media. According to this synthetic cosmology, ‘In an affair/arms laugh,/they become sheer.’ That is to say, they—arms, bodies, weapons, trysts—become both medium and adjective, both see-through and material. As in Antonioni’s great films, the…… Continue reading “…poems saturated with chemicals, textures, atmosphere, and media…”
“If film is linear, the ultimate time-based medium, during which we are supposed to listen and watch attentively, passively, Lina’s poems in A Neon Tryst talk back. These poems create simultaneity, layers, and distillations toward new narrative logics like ‘Let’s laugh until panties.’ Vitkauskas is watching for the poem in the film, writing her own…… Continue reading “…a feminist enterprise in its daring, toppling film’s male gaze…”
So honored that White Stockings cinepoems have been selected as a semi-finalist for the Cadence Video Poetry Festival in Seattle in two weeks! While White Stockings will not be shown this time around, the Artistic Director of Northwest Film Forum has reached out to Tess and I to inform us that they plan to show…… Continue reading Semi-Finalist! Cinepoems at Cadence Video Poetry Festival
I’m so pleased to announce that my White Stockings cinepoems (with collaborator Tess Cortés) have been selected for the Newlyn Film Festival (UK). We are finalists in the poetry film category!
Very pleased to have been included in this anthology which highlights Mekas’ work as a poet from Rail Editions. Poets Respond to the Poems of Jonas Mekas Message Ahead is a companion to the collection of poetry, Words Apart and Others, featuring twenty-one distinguished poets and critics, friends and admirers, reflecting on Mekas’s pioneering contribution to contemporary…… Continue reading Essay, “Message Ahead” Jonas Mekas Anthology (Brooklyn Rail)
I’ll be showing my cinepoems from White Stockings at Uncommon Ground for Sinema Obscura’s monthly film premiere nights.
I wrote this poetry book from the perspective of a daughter of displaced people & how residual effects of trauma still linger intergenerationally. My family were immigrants who had a path, yet still had no guidebook to this place called America & all of her confusing ways. The book is mainly dedicated to protecting children…… Continue reading Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): Now Available, Secret Airplanes Press
In a few weeks I will be presenting my cinepoems from White Stockings at Stanford. Many, many thanks to visual artist Tess Cortes for her vision and aesthetic. She made each woman come to life! https://vimeo.com/262118620 https://vimeo.com/262132794 https://vimeo.com/266023371 https://vimeo.com/267037354 https://vimeo.com/266629687
I’m very, very excited to announce that this amazing documentary about visionary Lithuanian, George Mačiunas, leader of the Fluxus movement, will be screened February 20 – 26 at MoMA. Go see it if you’re in NYC! Bonus: listen for George’s mother’s voice in the film, you may hear someone familiar (my voice!). So incredibly humbled…… Continue reading George @ MoMA
I’ve written and produced my final poetry book, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). It took roughly two years to write. After one year of a frightening, violating political climate and three years’ estrangement from my family, this book was a labor of necessity. MOFA is an epigenetic poetic diary that explores inherited trauma from my mother’s…… Continue reading Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): Now available
I want to sincerely thank Robert Hansen at Poems-For-All for publishing two of my poems as mini-books to be “scattered like seeds” into the universe.
Here’s a brief cinepoem teaser to re-introduce my poetry collection, White Stockings (2015/2016). I put this together in Adobe Spark in about 5 hours (my second attempt at video production/editing). I’m collaborating with an actual, real-life, super-talented visual artist, Tess Cortes (check her out, she’s quite amazing). I’ll be unveiling about 5-6 cinepoems at the AABS Conference…… Continue reading White Stockings Teaser Cinepoem (2018 AABS, Stanford University)
My poetry book, White Stockings, is available on lulu.com, however, I’ve been creating a series of cinepoems based upon it. The video below is my first attempt, using my own still photos from a “White Stockings”-inspired photo shoot in 2015. It was created in iMovie, before I started tutoring myself in Adobe Premiere.
The Master Plan—an investigative documentary that explores the methods through which Russia influences the domestic policy of the Baltic States—was successfully screened at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago on November 13, 2017, and in December at the Chicago Ukrainian Cultural Center. The film explores how Putin’s propaganda machine has been implemented in the Baltic…… Continue reading “The Master Plan”: Baltic-produced doc successfully funded & brought to Chicago
I’m very honored to be published in the Vilnius Review this month! The editor—Marius Burokas—was recently interviewed in a local Lithuanian arts and culture newspaper, Bernardinai, mentioning the growing desire of poets and writers in the diaspora to bridge the gap with their native counterparts. Marius was kind enough to mention me as one the poets in the…… Continue reading Poems in Vilnius Review!
Happy to share that one of my White Stockings poems has been shortlisted (among ten finalists) for the Berfrois Poetry Prize.
So Spuyten Duyvil is putting out a sizable anthology of some extremely talented and activist voices in poetry today. So grateful to be included in this book. Resist Much, Obey Little Anthology
I’m so pleased to announce that Rain Taxi has published an interview by Michael Stephens about White Stockings. Interview here
Recently published in VIDA. Essay about White Stockings and conflict in Ukraine. Essay here.
Honored to be featured in this article in the Vilnius Review alongside many contemporary Lithuanian/American/Canadian writers. Many thanks to Violeta Kelertas! Article here.