Uncovering old projects: ÜMWELT

Back in 2005 (?!) I was a 30-something, passionate-struggling-agency 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 we reunited after 2-3 years. In tandem, I was researching family stories passed down through old documents and interviews…

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…

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): Now Available, Secret Airplanes Press

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…

White Stockings Cinepoems: Ready for Stanford

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!