Kerry Shawn Keys


Kerry Shawn Keys
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Kerry Shawn Keys’ roots are in the Appalachian Mountains. From 1998 to 2000, he taught translation theory and creative composition as a Fulbright Associate Professor at Vilnius University. He has dozens of books to his credit, including translations from Portuguese (Requiem, Ledo Ivo, 2011) and Lithuanian, and his own poems informed by rural America and Europe, and Brazil and India (Peace Corps) where he lived for considerable time. His work ranges from theatre-dance pieces to flamenco songs to meditations on the Tao Te Ching, and is often lyrical with intense ontological concerns. Of late, he has been writing prose wonderscripts, and plays. A children’s book, The Land of People, received a Lithuanian laureate in 2008 for artwork he co-authored. He performs with the free jazz percussionist and sound-constellation artist, Vladimir Tarasov – Prior Records released their CD in 2006. His most recent book is Night Flight (poems), 2012. Keys received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 1992, and in 2005 a National Endowment For The Arts Literature Fellowship. He received a Translation Laureate Award from the Lithuanian Writers Union in 2003. In 2011, two of his books of translations from the Lithuanian were published – Bootleg Copy (Laurynas Katkus), and Still Life (Sonata Paliulyte). Keys is also the English-language editor of the Lithuanian Holocaust Atlas, 2011. He was a Senior Fulbright Research grantee for African-Brazilian studies, and is a member of the Lithuanian Writers Union and PEN. Selected poems have appeared in Czech, English, and Lithuanian. Currently, Keys is Poet-in-Residence for Summer Literary Seminars Lithuania (SLS Lithuania). He also writes a quarterly column, Letter From Vilnius: Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions Elsewhere for Poetry International, San Diego State University. He is the Republic of Užupis World Poetry Ambassador.

Ploughshares articles by this author:

Title Section Season
Keeping the Song Poetry Winter 1990-91

Books by the Author:

A Bug In The Brain ( January 2007 , Hardcover)
A Gathering of Smoke, Gopiah's South Indian Prose-Poem Journals ( 1986 )
A Gathering of Smoke, Gopiah's South Indian Prose-Poem Journals ( 1986 , Hardcover)
A Knife All Blade, a poem by Joao Cabral de Melo Neto ( 1982 , Paperback)
Beastings, drawings by the author; poems by Paco de Nada ( 1997 , Paperback)
Biopsy of Winter, Selected Poems of Sigitas Geda ( September 2002 , Hardcover)
Blue Rose Fusion ( May 2004 , Paperback)
Blues In Green, the Brazilian poems ( 1996 , Paperback)
Book Of Beasts ( January 2009 , Paperback)
Broken Circle ( January 2006 , Paperback)
Ch'antscapes ( 1998 , Paperback)
Conversations With Tertium Quid ( December 2003 , Paperback)
Decoy's Desire ( 1993 , Paperback)
Eugenijus Alisanka, A Selection ( July 2002 , Paperback)
Fingerlings; Fingerlings 2 ( 1994 , Paperback)
Flamenco Songs ( 1995 , Paperback)
In The Pouring Rain, Gopiah's Tamil Poems ( March 2002 , Paperback)
In The Tracks Of The Dead, translations from the Czech of the poems of Petr Mikes ( 1993 , Paperback)
Inclusions ( July 2002 , Paperback)
Jade Water ( October 1974 , Paperback)
Krajina Supu, Vultures' Country ( 1996 , Hardcover)
Krishna's Karma ( 2003 , Paperback)
Landsend, Selected Poems in English of Ledo Ivo ( 1998 , Paperback)
Law Of Returns ( 2004 , Paperback)
Loose Leaves Fall ( 1977 , Paperback)
Menulio Smukle(Pub of the Moon) ( February 1999 , Paperback)
Moonshining The Millennium ( 1998 , Paperback)
Narrow Passage To The Deep Light ( 1996 , Paperback)
Night Flight: Poems ( November 2011 , Paperback)
O Pintor E O Poeta, Jose Paulo Moreira Da Fonseca ( May 1976 , Hardcover)
October Holidays and other poems:Laurynas Katkus ( July 2001 , Paperback)
Pavlov's Duck ( August 2001 , Paperback)
Penile drawings by Paco and captions by Keys ( 2002 , Paperback)
Quingumbo, Nova Poesia Norte Americana ( 1980 , Paperback)
Ratoons ( 1996 , Paperback)
Return Of The Bird ( February 2002 , Paperback)
Seams ( 1985 , Paperback)
Six Young Lithuanian Poets ( September 2002 , Paperback)
Sorrows Of An Old Worder ( 1998 , Paperback)
Swallowtails Gather These Stones ( June 1973 , Paperback)
Tao te ching meditations:Bones & Buzzards ( March 2003 , Paperback)
The Burning Mirror ( October 2007 , Paperback)
The Festival of Familiar Light ( June 2002 , Paperback)
The Hearing ( 1992 , Paperback)
The Miraculous Veteran ( 2003 , Paperback)
The Nearing Notebooks, poems by Kerry Shawn Keys and John Burns ( 1996 , Paperback)
The Yellow Insect ( January 2005 , Hardcover)
Transporting, a cloak of rhapsodies ( November 2010 , Paperback)
Turning The Mask ( January 2003 , Paperback)
Warm Springs ( 1995 , Paperback)



This bio was last updated on 09/06/2012.