Laurynas Katkus (b.1972 in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian writer, essayist and translator.
Katkus studied Lithuanian and Comparative literature in Vilnius, Norwich, Leipzig and Berlin and holds a PhD with a thesis on exile in modern poetry.
He published three books of poetry, the last being “Už 7 gatvių” (Behind 7 streets).
A book of essays „Sklepas“(The Basement) appeared in 2011.
In year 2012, a novel by Katkus „Judantys šėšėliai" (Moving Shadows) was published.
In 2014 he edited an anthology of contemporary Lithuanian short stories "Troleibuso istorijos" (Trolleybus stories).
Katkus' works have been translated into more than ten languages;
collections of poems in German “Tauchstunden” and “Alle Richtungen” and in English “Bootleg Copy”,
also books of essays in German „Kabuff" and in 2017, "Moskauer Pelmeni" have appeared.
Katkus was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, of Junge Akademie of Berlin Academy of Arts, and of International Writing Program in Iowa, and others.
He has translated, among others, S.Sontag, W.Benjamin, F.Hölderlin, G.Büchner, E.Jünger, O.Paz and L.Seiler into Lithuanian.
Laurynas Katkus lives in Vilnius as a freelance author and translator with his wife and three children.
contact: katkus72 at gmail.com