Irena Praitis earned her Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees from Arizona State University. In the spring of 2005, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Rattle, Mochila Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, Cold Mountain Review, Denver Quarterly, and Cultura, Lenguaje, y Representación. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her collection of poems, Touch, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004, a collection of poems, Branches, was published by D-N Publishing in 2007, and a collection of prose vignettes, One Woman's Life, was published by Diversion Press in 2010. In 2011, with Kerry Shawn Keys, she co-translated a volume of poetry by the Lithuanian poet Sonata Paliulyte titled Still Life and published by Calder Wood Press.
2001, M.F.A., Arizona State University
1999, Ph.D., Arizona State University
1992, M.A., Washington State University
1989, B.A., Carleton College
Poetry (Writing and Pedagogy), Poetry Translation (Lithuanian), Poetry of Alberto Ríos, Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Courses Regularly Taught
Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Modern Poetry, Creative Writing, Contemporary Novel, Modern Novel, US Literature
Still Life: Translations. With co-translator Kerry Shawn Keys. Dunbar, East Lothian,Scotland: Calder Wood Press, 2011.
One Woman’s Life. Clarksville: TN: Diversion Press, 2010.
Branches. Indian Trail, SC: D-N Publishing. 2007.
Touch. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2004.
“School,” “Strawberries on a String,” “My Trickery,”“The Walk,” “Darkness,” Denver Quarterly. Vol. 44, No. 1, 2009. P. 68-72.
“Apie Laika/About Time,” “Vėjo virpesy esi /The Winds’ Shudders,” “Atsisveikinimas /Parting.” Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing. No. 27, Summer 2011. p. 27-28