Finalist! Cinepoems selected for Festival Fotogenia, Mexico City

I am thrilled to announce that my White Stockings cinepoems—in collaboration with filmmaker & visionary / media artist Tess Cortés—have been selected as finalist for the upcoming Festival Fotogenia in Mexico City this December. FOTOGENIA is the first international film poetry and divergent narratives festival of its kind in Mexico City, promoting a space for alternative conception…

IL Arts Council Nominated – 2 Poems from MOFA

Spoon River Poetry Review has nominated two of my poems from my collection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for a 2020 IL Arts Council Award! Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)Secret Airplanes Press, 2018 In most countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the government department responsible for state diplomacy as well as for providing for…

Uncovering old projects: ÜMWELT

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) as my partner and I ended up reuniting after 2-3 years. Around that time, I was researching family stories passed…

The Conversant (Interview)

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 in…

Poems in Vilnius Review (2017)

Poems from 2017 issue of Vilnius Review—so grateful to Marius Burokas for publishing them! http://vilniusreview.com/poetry/201-lina-ramona-vitkauskas 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   …

Published Essay: Brooklyn Rail’s Message Ahead – Jonas Mekas Anthology

So honored to be published in this anthology put out by Rail Editions (Brooklyn Rail) among some of Jonas’ esteemed collaborators, compatriots, and artistic peers. Jonas lived a full, cinematic life (R.I.P.) and this book of essays dedicated to his poems is a fitting tribute. Immense thanks to Vyt Bakaitis, editor and fellow Lithuanian brolis…