Honors in Vilnius


 The Lithuanian World Community organization together with the Lithuanian Writers’ Union and the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore have invited me to participate in the first-ever World Lithuanian Writers’ Forum as part of the celebration of World Lithuanian Year in Vilnius May 5-7, 2019. 


The aim of the project is to contribute to the preservation of the national identity of Lithuanian diaspora writers including roundtables on the maintenance of a living relationship with the homeland and the creation of Lithuanian heritage through the sharing of knowledge, experience and social contacts of diaspora culture professionals. 


45 diaspora writers, poets, translators and literary scientists from 15 countries worldwide have been selected and invited to the first World Lithuanian Writers’ Forum. Yours truly is one of them. I am so honored and grateful, you can't imagine.


Additionally, on May 8th, I will be participating in a meeting with students from Lithuanian secondary schools organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport.


On a completely unrelated note (well, they both mention Vilnius, so maybe not utterly unrelated), my creative nonfiction essay "Reflections On Belonging" - is now available to read in the Vilnius Review! 


UPDATE! I was just contacted by MOTERIS magazine, a women's magazine published in Lithuania. They may be doing a featurette on me!