Jonas Zdanys received his B.A. in English from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York. A bilingual poet and translator, he is the author of forty-five books, forty-one of them collections of poetry, written in English and in Lithuanian, and of translations from the Lithuanian. He has received a number of prizes, book awards, writing and travel grants, and public recognitions for his own poetry and for his translations, most recent among them an exhibit about his life and work by the National Library of Lithuania, writing and translation grants from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, appointment as Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Connecticut College, and selection as Featured Poet at the 2014 Scissortail Literary Festival.
He is also active as an editor and a literary panelist and has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, Wesleyan University Press, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Purple Flag Press, and World Literature Today. He has taught at the State University of New York and at Yale University, where he held a number of administrative positions and was a Scholar-in-Residence in the Yale Center for Russian and East European Studies. As part of his international activities, he was appointed a consultant for the reorganization of higher education by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and the Lithuanian Parliament. Before coming to Sacred Heart in 2009, he served for more than a decade as the state of Connecticut’s Chief Academic Officer.
Published Articles and Papers
“Vytautas P. Bloze” and “Nijole Miliauskaite,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twenty- First-Century Central and Eastern European Writers. ed. Steven Serafin and Vasa D. Mihailovich (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale 2010)
“Reading and Translating Ezra Pound,” International Symposium on Translating Pound, Vilnius, Lithuania, May 2003
“Translating Lithuanian Poetry,” Oral Traditions (University of Missouri), 2003.
“Inclusions in Time,” The Vilnius Review, Summer 2003.
“A Conversation with Jonas Zdanys: ‘Poetry in Two Languages,’ ” Lithuanian National Radio, January 2000.
“A Conversation with Jonas Zdanys: ‘The Art of Poetic Translation,’” Lithuanian National Radio, October 1999.
“Several Observations About Translation.” Discussion paper, International Conference On Translation, Vilnius, Lithuania, June 1999.
"The Poets of Druskininkai," World Literature Today, Spring 1998.
"The Art of Poetic Translation," Riverrun: Journal of Creative Writing and Arts at Brooklyn College, Spring 1997.
"Making My Way Down the Road," in Yale 1972: Twenty-five Years Out. (New Haven: Yale University, 1997).
“Poezijos Vertimu Skaitymas,” Metai (Vilnius), May 1996.
"Dvieju Pasauliu Zmogus," Literatūra ir Menas (Vilnius), April 1995.
"Apie poezijos vertima," Metai (Vilnius), June 1993.
"Vertimo kurso uzrašai, " Literatura ir Menas (Vilnius), April 1993.
"Interview," Lietuvos Rytas (Vilnius), November 11, 1992.
"Educational Ties with the Baltic States." Baltic Futurist Society, August 1992.
"Nineteen Seventy-Two," in True Fellowship in All Its Glory: Remembrances of C.S.P. (New Haven: Kingsley Trust Association, 1992).
"Interview: Poetry and Education.” Voice of America, May 1992.
"Aš labai ne idomus zmogus," Santara (Kaunas, Lithuania) 1992.
"Three Poets of Druskininkai," Lituanus 37:3.
"Rašytojas Jonas Zdanys," Knygnešys (Vilnius, 1991).
"Voices from the Other Europe," The Yale Review, Spring 1990.
"Configuring the Landscape: The Poetry of Nijole Miliauskaite," World Literature Today, Winter 1990.
"Reading Translations of Poetry," Lituanus 34:3.
"A View From the Other Side: Stewardship of the University," The Society of American Archivists, New York, September 1987.
"Teaching Translation: Some Notes Toward a Course Structure," Translation Review 1987.
"Leonardo Andriekaus Poezija." The Lithuanian Poetry Conference, Hartford, 1986.
"Some Thoughts on Translating Poetry," Lituanus 28:4.
"Aleksis Rannit's Signum et Verbum, "Lituanus 28:4.
"Baltic Studies in Australia," Lituanus 26:4.
"Problem-Solving and Research Techniques," The Trainer, Winter 1980.
"A Note on Tomas Venclova," Poetry 132:6
"Translating Poetry." Baltic Poetry Conference, Ukrainian Institute, New York 1978.
"Aleksis Rannit's Donum Estonicum and Cantus Firmus," Lituanus 25:3.
"Post-war Lithuanian Poetry: An Introduction," Rapport 7.
"Preface to Thirteen Poems by Sigitas Geda," Lituanus 24:3.
"The Applied Aestheticism of Henrikas Radauskas" Lituanus 23:1.
"Raskolnikov and Frankenstein: The Deadly Search for a Rational Paradise," Cithara:
Essays in the Judeo-Christian Tradition (St. Bonaventure University Press 1977)
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