© Rmūnas Misiūnas
Mikulėnaitė - Jonuškienė Rūta, poetess.
Was born in Kloviniai, Utena district, on January 25, 1958.
In 1976 she finished T. Tilvytis Secondary School. In 1976-1980 she studied at Vilnius Pedagogical University where she acquired a speciality of a teacher of Lithuanian language and literature. In 1997 she finished the professional studies at Vilnius University and Open Society Fund Lithuania Centre of Journalism.
In 1980-1989 she worked as an assistant manager at Kuktiškiai (Utena district) Primary School, teacher of the Lithuanian language and literature. In 1989-1994 she worked as a teacher of the Lithuanian language and literature at Vyturiai Secondary School in Utena. Since 1994 she has been working as a reporter of newspaper ‘Utenis’ of Utena district.
Since 1985 she has participated in the activity of Utena litterateurs club ‘Verdenė’, edits litterateurs books and almanacs, helps local specialists in Lithuanian philology to organize literature competitions for pupils. She also participates in the activity of Lithuania Teachers Creative Association ‘Spindulys’. In 1995-1999 she participated in expeditions to the historical lands of the Lithuanians in Mogiliov region (Byelorussia). She also participates in the republic, areal and regional exhibitions of folk art.
She has published two books of poems: ‘A Bird of Bent’ (Smilgos paukštis) – that is awarded by a prize of Utena region Department of Culture and Education for the best debut of a year, ‘A Sister of a Whip snake’ (Žalčio sesuo) – awarded by a prize of 2001 Culture and Art by Utena District Municipality. In 1996 Youth and Children Theatre of Utena ‘Pepė’ staged a poetry play by her poems ‘Do not Die, King’ (Nemirk, karaliau), she also created a scenography for the play. In association with other litterateurs of the district she organizes the yearly literature evenings at culture and education institutions.
Since 2003 – the member of LWU.
Smilgos paukštis: poems. - Utena: Utenos spaustuvė, 1996.
Žalčio sesuo: poems. - Utena: Utenos Indra, 2001.
Takažolės laiškai: poetry. - Utena: Sapnų sala, 2005.