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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): Now available

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

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White Stockings Teaser Cinepoem (2018 AABS, Stanford University)

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)

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“The Master Plan”: Baltic-produced doc successfully funded & brought to Chicago

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

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Poems in Vilnius Review!

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!

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Book Release • White Stockings

Since 2004, Ukraine has been locked in a struggle with Russia to maintain autonomy—be it via puppet government officials, propaganda, or bloodshed. To date, more than 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died defending their right to be independent. As a Lithuanian-American with some Ukrainian roots, I am deeply disturbed as I watch this series… Continue reading Book Release • White Stockings

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Cinepoetry Teaser • White Stockings

I've been tirelessly working on a new poetry manuscript called White Stockings for the last year (since the unrest erupted in Ukraine). As a Lithuanian-American, I strongly support Ukraine's right to independence. I stand with many in the Baltic countries who are banning together to back the Ukrainian people. My contribution is small, it is an artistic/poetic… Continue reading Cinepoetry Teaser • White Stockings

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Missionary Okiagari

Now this quiet seems quiet. Now these pallid proclivities. Now I swallow hard behind the chickadee tree, institutional glass, ugly starfruits. Now little Poetry Priest gets up. Now thick, round rainmaker tightens laces woven through bootholes. Now seahorses swallowing my toes. Now here's your big brash girl— with a spadix in her teeth, wanting so much.   Okiagari-koboshi, "the… Continue reading Missionary Okiagari

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Poem: May All Beings Enjoy Happiness (Maitri Says)

Each day is a rabbit. Everything is an uncomfortable list; it is everything that is uncomfortable, this is the point. Hummingbird, whale, rabbit, deer, dog, goldfinch—there is never any future point, there is just now and the next thing. A crown brain. The next cradle mole burrowing, the next thing: pain. The next thing: seed.… Continue reading Poem: May All Beings Enjoy Happiness (Maitri Says)