Sigitas Zigmas GEDA

Sigitas Zigmas Geda (1943–2008) was a poet, playwright, literary critic, translator and essay writer. In 1966 Geda graduated from Vilnius University majoring in Lithuanian linguistics and literature. For a while he edited the weekly Kalba Vilnius and the magazine Mūsų gamta, yet he was dismissed for taking an active and unwelcome political posture. His first poems book Footprints was published in 1966. In the times of ‘perestroika’, he was awarded the State Award of 1985 for his poetry book A Starling under the Moon. In 1995 he was found worthy of the National Award for the books of poetry Seven Summer Chants and Rebuilding of Babylon. In 1998 Geda was decorated by the Order of Duke Gediminas and became recipient of the Baltic Assembly Award the same year. In 2002 he received the Award of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union for the best book of the year 2001. In 1988–1990 he was Secretary of the Writers’ Union, an active member of the Sąjūdis Independence Movement and a member of the Lithuanian Parliament. During the years of Lithuanian independence Geda was on the editing staff of the cultural weekly Šiaurės Atėnai (Northern Athens).

Selected bibliography

Užmigę žirgeliai (Sleeping Horses): [poems]. Vilnius: Vaga, 1970.

Baltojo Nieko dainelės (The Songs of the White Nobody): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga, 1977.

Mėlynas autobusiukas (A Little Blue Bus): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga, 1980.

Dainuojantis ir šokantis mergaitės vieversėlis (The Girl’s Dancing and Singing Lark): [seven plays], Vilnius: Vaga, 1981.

Žydinti slyva Snaigyno ežere (A Blossoming Plum-tree in the Lake of Snow Flakes): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga, 1981.

Varnėnas po mėnuliu (Starling under the Moon): [long and short poems], Vilnius: Vaga, 1984.

Vasara su peliuku Miku (A Summer with Mickey Mouse): [poems], Vilnius: Vaga, 1984.

Baltoji varnelė (A Little White Crow): [poems], Vilnius: Vyturys, 1985, 2nd edition, 2000.

Praniukas pramaniūgas (Wayward Praniukas): [long and short poems], Vilnius: Vyturys, 1986.

Karalaitė ant svarstyklių (A Princess on the Scale): [poems and long poems], Vilnius: Vyturys, 1989.

Močiutės dainos (The Grandma’s Songs): [poems]. Vilnius: Vyturys, 1991.

Valkataujantis katinas (A Stray Cat): [poems], Vilnius: Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers, 1999.

Pelytė Sidabrytė (Little Silvermouse): [tale], Vilnius: „Baltų lankų“ leidyba, 2004.

Aukso karietaitė (Golden Carriage): [poems], Vilnius: Kronta, 2006.

Pražydęs arkliukas (A Colt in Blossom): [poems], Kaunas: Šviesa, 2007.

Selected translations


Biopsy of winter, Vilnius: Vaga, 2002.


Gedichte, Ratingen: Melina, 1999.

Gedichte, Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 1997.


Sokrats runā ar vēju, Riga: Nordik, 2004.


Mammuternes fedreland og andre dikt, Oslo: Solum, 1991.


Śpiący Teodendron: Stare wiersze Jadźwingów, Warszawa/Vilnius: Ex libris/ Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers, 2006.

Śpiewy Jadźwingów, Warszawa: Ex libris, 2002.


Ущербная луна, осенняя богиня, Vilnius: Vaga, 1986.


Fallande ängel i Palanga, Sätaröd: Ariel, 2001.