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Gintaras Grajauskas (Lithuania)

Gintaras Grajauskas (b. 1966 in Marijampole) is a poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, editor. He won the Zigmas Gele Award for best first book of poems with Tatuiruote (Tattoo, 1993). Another collection of his, Kauline dudele (Bone Pipe, 1999), won both the Spring of Poetry and Simonaityte Awards. His works have been translated into English, German, Swedish and Polish among other languages.

In addition to writing, Grajauskas works as editor of Klaipeda, a daily newspaper popular in Klaipeda City and the western part of Lithuania. He is responsible for the selection of literary works and promotion of young Lithuanian writers featured in Klaipeda's monthly literary supplement Gintaro Lasai (Drops of Amber).

Having studied jazz at the State Conservatoire in Klaipeda, he also sings and plays the bass guitar in the band Kontrabanda.