Laurynas Katkus studied Lithuanian and Comparative Literature in Vilnius, Norwich, Leipzig, and Berlin and received his PhD from the University of Vilnius in 2006. He is the recipient of grants from Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and DAAD. His publications include Between Arcadia and Inferno: Exile in the Poetry of Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas and Johannes Bobrowski (2010). He has been a Researcher at the Centre for Comparative Literature at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius. Dr Katkus is also the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and is a translator from German and English.