Anna Rancāne, born in 1959, is a Latvian poet. She writes both in literary Latvian and her native East-Latvian, Latgalian language. Her first literary publications appeared in 1975. She graduated with a degree in economy from the University of Latvia (1977—1982), and attended The Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow (1983—1988). Between 1986 and 1989, she worked as an editor for the Liesma publishing house. From 1989 until 2000, she ran the literary department at the Daugavpils Theatre, and later worked as a regional correspondent for Diena newspaper. In 2016, the National Theatre staged Anna Rancāne's play Bišumāte un vilkacis/Mother Bee and the Werewolf, which discusses the reality of living in a border-town in Latgale, Eastern Latvia, and the effects of history on the current situation and social stratification. Her work has received both regional, and national acclaim, and several awards.
Photo: from the author's personal archive
Bezdelīgu pasts/Pylni kārmani dabasu [Swallow Mail]. Latgolys studentu centrs, 2012.
Divpadsmit Latgales loki [Twelve Circles of Latgale]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2013.
Zīmes [Signs]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2005.
Saules kalponīte [The Little Sun Maid]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2005.
Svētdiena [Sunday]. Riga: Preses nams, 2001.
Advente [The Advent]. Riga: Liesma, 1991.
Aizlūgums [Requiem]. Riga: Preses nams, 1997.
Молитва дому [Prayer for the House in Russian, translated by O. Pētersone un L. Pisareva]. Москва: Советский писатель, 1989.
Lūgšana mājai [Prayer for the House]. Riga: Liesma, 1982.
Piektdiena [Friday]. Riga: Liesma, 1986.
About the Divpadsmit Latgales loki/Twelve Circles of Latgale // Satori.lv [LV]
Anna Rancāne, artist's profile // The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia [EN; LV]
Undīne Adamaite, interview with Anna Rancāne // Diena News [LV]Reviews
Toms Čevers, review of play Bišumāte un vilkacis/Mother Bee and the Werewolf // Diena News [LV]
2012, the Annual Latvian Literature Award, the Special Prize
2012, Boņuks, the Latgale Regional Award in Culture
2001, Preses Nams Award
1999, the Aspazija Prize
1996, the Eduards Veidenbaums prize