The XV International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall' 2004
132 participants, among them 22 from abroad, took part in this year event. The annual almanac of the festival was published in time. All poets published in it took part in readings: Gintaras Bleizgys (Lithuania), Aleksei Alechin (Russia), Kazimierz Brakoniecki (Polanad), Silvija Choleva (Bulgaria), Craig Czury (USA), Vytautas Bložė (Lithuania), Jacek Gutorow (Poland), Jürg Halter (Switzerland), Sam Hamill (USA), Miriam van hee (Belgium), Donaldas Kajokas (Lithuania), Jurczok 1001 (Switzerland), Juris Kronbergs (Latvia), Pedro Lenz (Switzerland), Liv Lundberg (Norway), Darius Šimonis (Lithuania), Andri Snaer Magnason (Iceland), Jaan Malin (Estonia), Robert Minhinnick (Wales), Esther Morgan (England), Dovilė Zelčiūtė (Lithuania), Josip Osti (Slovėnia), Knuts Skujenieks (Latvia), Mustafa Stitou (The Netherlands), Agnė Žagrakalytė (Lithuania).
The festival start on 29 th September with potery readings by Sam Hamill (USA) in Writers' Club in Vilnius moderated by Kerry Shawn Keys and Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (translator). On the next day readings by Swiss poets Jürg Halter, Pedro Lenz, Jurczok 1001 together with their translators Antanas A. Jonynas, Laurynas Katkus and Gytis Norvilas, and traditional readings by young poets moderated by Gytis Norvilas took place there. On 1 st October poet from USA Craig Czury delivered lecture on creative writing to students of Druskininkai "Atgimimo" High School.
This year we continued the cycle of four festivals related to the elements, dedicating this third one to air. The theme of the conference was "Poetry and the Elements: Air, Vibrated by Sound." DPF's guests were the arts which are connected to air: expressing themselves through sound, using the air and similar things. The conference was moderated by Karolis Baublys and Kęstutis Nastopka, papers were read by Mykolas Katkus, Jaan Malin, Esther Morgan, Kęstutis Nastopka, Audinga Peluritytė, Kornelijus Platelis, Tomas Staniulis, Dovilė Zelčiūtė ir Agnė Žagrakalytė.
The programs in Druskininkai and in Vilnius changed a little. All the traditional events took place there: two evenings of poetry, presentation of books published during the year, chamber and night readings, the presentation of works by guests from abroad in Café Artistai in Vilnius, and the evening in the Užupis Café. Saturday morning the superfinal contest of Poets' Basketball League (PBL) DPF Cup Urbs Contra Orbem (The City Against the World) took place in Druskininkai Sports' Centre.
Jotvingiai Prize this year went to Stasys Jonauskas for his selected poems "Žolės balsas" (Vilnius, "Vaga", 2004), The Prize for Poetry Debut went to Donatas Petrošius for his first potery collection "iš tvermės D" (Vilnius, Publishing House of Lithuanian Writers' Union, 2004). Winners of the competition for one anonymous poem: 1. Andri Snaer Magnason (translated by Jurgita Marija Abraitytė), 2. Rimvydas Stankevičius, 3. Aleksej Aliochin (translated by Antanas A.Jonynas), Vyturys Jarutis, Esther Morgan (translated by Sonata Pauliulytė). Winners of the competition for an anonymous poem of the best sound: 1. Mindaugas Valiukas, Daiva Čepauskaitė, Arvydas Genys. Competition "Sport's poetry, poetry's sports" was won by 1. Vladas Braziūnas, 2. Gintaras Patackas, 3. Aleksej Aliochin (translated by Antanas A. Jonynas).
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