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Peleckis - Kaktavičius Leonas, poet, prose writer, essayist, literary critic.
Born on May 4, 1946 in Paitaičiai (Šiauliai district).
In 1975 he graduated from Šiauliai Pedagogical Institute, in 1971-1989 – worked in Šiauliai Wood Processing Factory, in 1992-2004 – a reporter of newspaper "Lietuvos aidas". Since 1989 he has been working as a compiler and chief editor of literary almanac "Varpai", since 2005 – chief editor of magazine "Lietuvos bajoras".
I was born on the 4th of May 1946 in Šiauliai district. Secondary ecudation was finished in Kaunas. High education – in Šiauliai Pedagogical Institute (1970-1975). I was working as an engineer-constructor in Šiauliai factory of wood in 1971-1989. After that, I was working as a journalist in daily newspaper “Lietuvos aidas” in 1992.01.12-2004.01.12. In 1988 I had renewed the publication of literary almanac “Varpai”. Starting from 1989.10.16, I’m the editor-in-chief of the almanac. I’ve already published 18 numbers of “Varpai”, from 1995 every year it’s presented in Club of Union of Writers of Lithuania. I’m the editor-in-chief of magazine “Lietuvos bajoras”, too.
In Soviet times, most often I’ve been published in “Nemunas” (in 1975 I was presented there by Alfonsas Bukontas), literary pages “Versmės” of newspaper “Komjaunimo tiesa” (in 1975 my poems were presented there by Vidas Marcinkevičius), “Jaunimo gretos”, “Literatūra ir menas”. After the end of Soviet times, I have an opportunity to be published more often. In 1998 I became a member of Lithuanian PEN center. In 2001 I became a member of Union of Writers of Lithuania.
Around 1980 I started to gather information about the first Lithuanian professional actress Stanislava Jakševičiūtė-Venclauskienė, in who’s house in Šiauliai lived J. Janonis, it was visited by P. Višinskis, J. Biliūnas, Žemaitė, Vydūnas, G. Petkevičaitė-Bitė, J. Jablonskis, Maironis, other famous people. In 1987 I became a honorary of internetional competition of publicistics after I’ve published texts in “Nemunas” and “Tarybinė moteris” from forthcoming book “Namuose ant Pasadnos ulyčios” (published in 1991). In 1991 poetry book “Sugrįžta giedra” was published, too.
After visit in the USA in 1989, where I met a lot of famous Lithuanian writers, in 1992 a book about them was published (“Laimingas atsitiktinumas: dialogai Amerikos žemėje”). There were portraits about B. Brazdžionis, Liūnė Sutema, M. Katiliškis, Ant. Gustaitis, J. Jankus, S. Santvaras etc.
Later, I started literary investigations of lives and creations. The first result was book “Baltas lapas – lyg altorius” (1995); then – “Pirmiausia kraujas, o paskui žodžiai” (1999) and “Žodžių žmonės” (2002). Both of these books were donated by Ministry of Culture of Lithuania. Now, I continue to analyze lives and power of words of various writers, in 2006 I plan to end my new book.
A lot of my years I wrote about famous cultural people, some of them began to interest me couple of decades ago. Essay book “Sustabdytas laikas” (2001) have got a nomination of Stasys Lozoraitis “Kelyje į Vilties Prezidento Lietuvą”.
I’ve published 13 books. The last one, which I’ve written 7 years, is monography “Kazimieras Barėnas” (2005) about the late famous Lithuanian writer from London, who was the center of Lithuanian life of Great Britain for decades. The book was donated by Ministry of Culture of Lithuania. I’ve also written a big study about heroes of K. Barėnas’ stories, which was printed in his “Apsakymų rinktinė” (2004).
A lot of essays, literary investigations, which are not in my books, are published in “Varpai”.
At the moment I gather information about two famous Lithuanian writers for biographical books.
Sugrįžta giedra: poems. - Vilnius: Periodika, 1991.
Namuose ant Pasadnos ulyčios: memoir essay. - Vilnius: Valstybinis leidybos centras, 1991.
Laimingas atsitiktinumas: dialogai Amerikos žemėje: creative portrets. - Klaipėda: Rytas, 1992.
Baltas lapas – lyg altorius: literary study and essay. - Klaipėda: Rytas, 1995.
Odininku per metus netampama: publicistic. - Šiauliai: Titnagas, 1998.
Pirmiausia kraujas, o paskui žodžiai: essay, conversations, studies. - Klaipėda: Klaipėdos rytas, 1999.
Pasaulio pabaiga atidedama: essay. - Kaunas: Lietuvos politinių kalinių ir tremtinių sąjunga, 2001.
Sustabdytas laikas: essay about glitterati of culture. - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2001.
Žodžių žmonės: essay, conversations, studies. - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2002.
Vizitinė kortelė: publicistic. - Šiauliai: Saulės spaustuvė-leidykla, 2004.
Vandens namai: publicistic. - Klaipėda: S. Jokužio leidykla-spaustuvė, 2004.
Baltijos erdvės: publicistic. - Klaipėda: S. Jokužio leidykla-spaustuvė, 2005.
Kazimieras Barėnas: study. - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2005.
Pirmasis rektorius: publicistic. - Šiauliai: Šiaulių universiteto leidykla, 2006.
Žodi, kuris esi: essay, conversations, study. - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2007.
Literary almanac "Varpai". – 1989-2007, 3-22 numbers.
Kazys Jankauskas. Šermukšnis prie ežero: long short stories and short stories. - Klaipėda: Klaipėdos rytas, 1995 (Second book of the almanac "Varpai").
Jurgis Jankus. Papelkių Skirpstūnas: narrative. - Klaipėda: Klaipėdos rytas, 1996
(Fourth book of the almanac "Varpai").
Kazimieras Barėnas. Apsakymų rinktinė (Selection of short stories). - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2004.
Adolfas Vaičaitis. Ekslibrisai. - Šiauliai: Saulės spaustuvė-leidykla, 2005.
Kazimieras Barėnas. Tūboto gaidžio metai: novel. - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2006.
Kazimieras Barėnas. Beragio ožio metai: novel. - Šiauliai: Varpai, 2007.