Rimantas Kmita – poet, literary critic and scholar.
He was born 22 December, 1977 in Šiauliai.
In 1996 he finished 16th Secondary school in Šiauliai and started his studies at Klaipėda University, where in 2001 he finished studies of Lithuanian language and literature and in 2003 he got his Master’s degree of philology. In 2008 he got his Doctoral degree after defending his thesis. After that he gave lectures at Klaipėda and Vilnius Universities. Since 2010 he works at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, in Modern Literature department. He was one of the organizers of poetical gathering “Placdarmas” (2000-2005) and a coordinator of web magazine “Skaitymai” (2003-2006). He has published his poetry, reviews, essays and literature articles in cultural press. His poetry has been published in various almanacks and collections. His poems are translated into English, Polish, Russian, German and Czech.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 2010.
B i b l i o g r a p h y :
Nekalto prasidėjimo: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos Rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1999.
Upės matavimas: poems. – Kaunas: Nemunas, 2002.
Švelniai tariant: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2009.
Ištrūkimas iš fabriko: modern Lithuanian poetry in XX century 7th–9th decades: monograph. – Vilnius: Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas, 2009.
D r e w u p :
Poezijos pavasaris 2004: almanack. – Vilnius: Vaga, 2004.
S. Geda. Ugniabalsis niekas: collection of poetry. – Vilnius: Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas, 2013.
Nevienareikšmės situacijos: conversations about Soviet time literature. – Vilnius: Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas, 2015.
T r a n s l a t i o n s :
P. Lenz. Čia aš varatarius (from conversational Bern German language, together with M. Roduner). – Langenthal: BaltArt, 2013.
A w a r d s :
2000 Zigmas Gėlė-Gaidamavičius award for the best poetry debut of the year.
2010 “Lietuvos rytas” award for cultural essays and book “Ištrūkimas iš fabriko”.