Krišjānis Zeļģis

Latvia

Krišjānis Zeļģis (1985) is not only a brilliant poet, but also has worked in vineyards in France, worked in Mexico, has been a locksmith, baker, librarian, translator, theatre lighting technician and a brewer. He received bachelor and master degrees in Geography and Earth Sciences at Latvian University. This diversity in experiencing the tangible world has allowed a wide and rich view of life to inform his writing. 

 

Even though Zeļģis is an author of just two collections of poetry, his poems have been published in various local and international magazines, literary periodicals, and web-publications since 2003. In 2015 and 2017 his poems were published in Russian literary magazines “October (Октябрь)” and “Air (Bоздух)”, and Welsh magazine “Poetry Wales”. Recently he took part in several poetry festivals in Europe and UK, performed with music composers, was one of the artists at an interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition OMEGA 3 in Estonia and participated in the first international Poetry Translation Workshop back in 2016. 

 

His first collection All Those Things/Visas tās lietas was published in 2010, well received, and nominated for several awards. In a review of his most recent collection Beasts (2016), its editor Kārlis Vērdiņš says: "The protagonist of Krišjānis Zeļģis’ collection of poetry – an educated and curious city dweller – goes into nature in search of impressions. His main focus is on the wild beast which does not avoid contact with human beings, is covetous and unpredictable, and has both fun and anger in store for the hunter”. His poetry is as if written by an intrigued cultural vagabond, someone capable of seeing the entirety of the world in delicate detail, seeing it honestly. In 2018 Beastswas translated into English and Catalan. In 2016 a poetry collection Я такими глупостями больше не занимаюсь/I no longer do this nonsensewas published in Russian, which is a compilation of All Those ThingsBeastsand some other unpublished poems.