Platelis Kornelijus

Photo by Benediktas Januševičius

Photo by Benediktas Januševičius

Kornelijus Platelis – poet, translator.
He was born 22 January, 1951 in Šiauliai.
In 1973 he graduated from Vilnius Engineering Construction Institute and acquired a speciality of roads building engineer. In 1973-1975 he served in the Soviet Army as an officer. From 1975 till 1988 he worked as an engineer in various construction organizations in Druskininkai. During the years 1988-1991 he was a freelance writer. In 1991-1993 he was a vice-minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, in 1993-1995 he worked as a consultant of the Lithuanian Cities Union, in 1995-1996 he was a vice-mayor of Druskininkai. From 1996 till 1998 he was the head of publishing house “Vaga” and a minister of Culture and Education in 1998-2000. From 2001 till 2014 he was an editor in chief of weekly magazine “Literatura ir menas”. He is a member of Lithuanian PEN Center since 1989 and he was a chairman of the Center during the years of 1991-1995. He is a chairman of the board of Druskininkai Poetic Fall since 1990. He is a president of Lithuanian Art Association and a board member of National Radio and Television, Press, Radio and Television support fund. He has translated and published works of E.E. Cummings, Ted Huges, Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, John Keats and others. Also he has made comments for the Old Testament in 1990. His poetry has been translated into English, Armenian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Greek, Georgian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Chinese, German, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Russian and other languages.
A member of Lithuanian Writers’ Union since 1988.

B i b l i o g r a p h y :
Žodžiai ir dienos: poems.– Vilnius: Vaga, 1980.
Namai ant tilto: poems. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1984.
Pinklės vėjui: poetry.– Vilnius: Vaga, 1987.
Būstas prie Nemuno: essays about ecology of culture. – Vilnius: Vyturys, 1989.
Luoto kevalas: poetry.– Vilnius: Vaga, 1990.
Prakalbos upei: collected poems. – Vilnius: Vaga,1995.
Atoslūgio juosta: poems. – Vilnius: Vaga, 2000.
Palimpsestai: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2004.
Karstiniai reiškiniai: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2010.
Ir mes praeiname: essays, journalism. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2011.
Kornelijus Platelis: poems (Poezijos pavasario laureatų bibliotekėlė). – Kaunas: Naujasis lankas, 2014.

T r a n s l a t i o n s   f r o m   E n g l i s h :
T. S. Eliot. Pavasaris žiemos vidury: poetry. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1991.
Cz. Miłosz. Lenkų literatūros istorija. – Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 1996.
S. Heaney. Kasanti plunksna / The Digging Quill: selected poems, 1966–1991. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2002.
E. Pound. Lustra: selected poems. – Vilnius: Vaga, 2002.
R. Bringhurst. Kvėpuoti pėdomis: selected poems. Vilnius: Versus aureus, 2007.

D r e w   u p :
Poetinis Druskininkų ruduo: almanack. Vilnius: Vaga, 2001–2010 (every year).
Skiriama M.: world’s love poems. – Vilnius: Tyto alba, 2015.

B o o k s   i n   f o r e i g n   l a n g u a g e s :
Four poets of Lithuania: Vytautas P. Bložė, Sigitas Geda, Nijolė Miliauskaitė, Kornelijus Platelis. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1995.
Snare for the Wind: selected poems. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1999.
Rodeo; Viršūnė. – Reading, Pa.: Red Pagoda Press, 2000.
©. – Reading, Pa.: Red Pagoda Press, 2002.
© and Other Poems. – Klaipėda: Vario burnos, 2002.
Zones. – Chicago: Virtual Artists Collective, 2005.
Invito a posporre il viaggio. – Salerno: Heimat Edizioni, 2007.
83 клопки за вятьра. – Sofija: Kolekcija, 2010.
Egejsko vino. – Liublijana: Apokalipsa, 2011.
Solitary Architectures. – Beaumont, Texas: Lamar University Press, 2014.
Oda na pekniętą wazę i inne wiersze. – Wrocław: Wydawnictwo KEW, 2015.

A w a r d s :
1985 Yotvingian prize.
1996 Laureate of Poetry Spring Festival for the book “Prakalbos upei”.
2002 Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize.
2010 Lithuanian Writers’ Union award for poetry book “Karstiniai reiškiniai”.
2011 Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.
2012 Award of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania for journalism and the book “Ir mes praeiname”.
2013 Bronius Savukynas award for works in the field of culture.