Keleras Julius

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Julius Keleras – poetas, vertėjas, dramaturgas.
He was born 3 March, 1961 in Vilnius.
He graduated from Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Higher Music school. In 1987 he finished studies of the Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. From 1989 till 1992 he studied at National Illinois University (USA) and got his Master’s degree of free arts. In 1987 he worked as an editor at Lithuania Film Studios and as an assistant at Lithuanian literature department of Vilnius University. From 1992 till 1995 he was an editor and translator at publishing house “Lumen / Logos”. During the years of 1995-2001 he was an editor in chief of a newspaper “Darbininkas” published in New York. In 2003-2004 he worked as a reviewer at National Radio and Television. His works have been translated into Russian, Portuguese, Slovakian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, English, Swedish, Polish, Latvian, Georgian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and other languages. He is an active participant of various international poetry festivals and readings. A member of international PEN Center.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1999.

B i b l i o g r a p h y :
Žiemos valtys: poems. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1988.
Baltas kalėdaitis: poems. – Chicago: Ateities literatūros fondas, 1990.
Sauja medaus: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1995.
XL eilėraščiai = XL Poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1998.
Sniegas, benamis, krentantis: poems, photos. – Vilnius: Apostrofa, 2007.
Pažadink: eilėraščiai. – Vilnius: Naujoji Romuva, 2008.
58 sapnai ir kitos vienaveiksmės pjesės. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2009.
Vilniaus šaligatviai = Vilnius pavements: 2005–2010. – Vilnius: Knygius, 2010.
Tai tu: poems. – Vilnius: Kitos knygos, 2010.
Karalaitė Murzė: fairy tale. – Vilnius : Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2011.
66 istorijos. – Kaunas: Kitos knygos; Vilnius: Naujoji Romuva, 2012.
J. Keleras. Dviese apie meilę: poetry; B. Gruszka-Zych. Dwoje o miłości: poezja. – Vilnius: Naujoji Romuva, 2012.
Vėliau, gerokai vėliau: poems. – Vilnius: Homo liber, 2013.
J. Keleras. Dviese apie meilę: poetry; A. Gustas. Zu zweit über die Liebe: Poesie. – Vilnius: Naujoji Romuva, 2014.
66 istorijos nesibaigia. – Vilnius: Kitos knygos, 2014.
Teta Elzė, Šaltojo karo lyderė: biographizes and other personal stories: essays. – Vilnius: Homo liber, 2014.
Karalaitė, kuri nesiprausė: tale. – Kaunas: Kitos knygos, 2015.
Erškėtuogės kopose: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2015.

P l a y s :
Žiema, žiema, grįžk į kiemą. – Dir. S. Varnas, shown at Žemaitės public garden, Vilniuje, 2008.
Paika pelytė (together with A. Jalianiauskas). – Valstybinis Jaunimo teatras, 2009.
58 sapnai. – Alytaus miesto teatras, 2010.

T r a n s l a t i o n s   f r o m   E n g l i s h :
W. S. Burroughs. Narkašas: novel (together with A. Narušytė). – Kaunas: Kitos knygos, 2009.
L. Vincė. Juk pažadėjai. – Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 2011.

A w a r d :
1981 “Moksleivis” award for poems.
1988 “Pergalė” award for poems.
1988 “Nemunas” award for poems.
1995 Fellowship of Lithuanian Writers award for best poetry book of the year (New York).
2007 Laureate of National Drama Festival “Versmė”.
2008 Nominated for Poetry Spring award.
2009 Laureate of National Drama Festival “Versmė”.
2010 Laureate of PŠP poetry festival.
2011 “Varpai” literary prize for poetry.
2013 Award of the Mayor of Vilnius for the book of poetry “Vilniaus šaligatviai”.
2014 Jonas Aistis literary award.
2014 1st place in haiku contest “Valtys kopose”.