Jurgita Jasponytė

Lithuania


"It’s probably much easier for me to create than to write about the creative act. To write about something here and now is, we might say, necessary, while to create is entirely unnecessary. Yet to not create is not an option... because it’s simply so good to do what comes to me all on its own, doing what this world seems to not need at all, doing what is so unnecessary that it’s downright paramount for life. "

Jurgita Jasponytė

Jurgita Jasponytė was born in 1981 in Zarasai. She began her studies at Vilnius Pedagogical University in 1999 and went on to receive a BA in Lithuanian philology and an MA in literature. She works as a librarian, raising her daughters Ugne and Jūre Jotvile. Her poetry collection Šaltupė (the name of a Zarasai street, meaning “cold river”) won the Lithuanian Writer’s Union First Book Contest. In 2015, she won the Zigmas Gėlė Prize for best poetic debut.

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