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Aidas Marcenas (Lithuania)

Aidas Marcenas (b. 1960 in Kaunas) is a poet, literary critic and essayist. He studied at the Lithuanian State Conservatories in both Vilnius and Klaipeda. He has been a member of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union from 1993. He writes digests of periodical literature for various journals and has written reviews of poetry for the literary journal Metai.

His debut collection of poetry, The Water Well, won the Zigmas Gele prize for the best first collection of 1988. His 1993 collection of poems, Dust, earned him the laureate's award at the 1994 'Spring of Poetry' festival. He won the J. Linde-Dobilas prize in 1999, and received the prestigious National Laureate's Award in 2005. Marcenas's poetry has been translated into Russian, Latvian, Polish, English, German, French, Swedish and other languages.

He currently resides in Vilnius.