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Kęstutis Navakas (Lithuania)

Kęstutis Navakas Kęstutis Navakas Photo by Dainius Dirgėla

Kęstutis Navakas (born 1964) is a poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. He graduated from Kaunas J. Aleksonis Secondary School in 1982. During 1987–1988, Navakas was Chairman of the Young Writers Section of the Lithuanian Writers Union. From 1994 to 1996, he wrote weekly columns on cultural matters and recently published books for the newspapers Kauno diena and Noriu, and from 1998 to 1999, he presented new books on Lithuanian television. In 1996–2005, Navakas was the founder and co-owner of the bookshop-club Septynios vienatvės, and ran the bookshop for three years, from 1996 to 1999. Kęstutis Navakas hosted a show Kultūros namai on Lithuanian television during 2002–2004. He is currently working with the newspaper Kauno diena.

Kęstutis Navakas has authored ten poetry books, five essay collections, several children’s literature works, and two novels. He is a laureate of the Yotvingian Award, the Poetry Spring Award, and the National Culture and Art Award. His most recent poetry book, net ne (not even), was published in 2018. Navakas is the author of numerous translations from German and other languages, and has also translated several plays and librettos. Kęstutis Navakas’s works were translated into Russian, Latvian, Georgian, Finnish, Swedish, Macedonian, German, English, Italian, Estonian, Czech, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Polish languages.

 

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