Artis Ostups (1988) is a Latvian poet, he has studied philosophy at the University of Latvia, and attended the Charles University in Prague, he is currently editor in chief of the online magazine Punctum, as well as an author of essays on literature and philosophy. His poems have been published in some of the major literary periodicals and magazines in Latvia, such as Karogs, Kultūras Forums, Latvju Teksti, and the Satori.lv web-magazine. Like for all young poets, translation of highly meritorious literary works has been part of Ostups' creative journey – he participated in the translation of Walt Whitman's selected works in 2011, and alongside Arvis Viguls worked on the translation of the collection of Dmitry Sumarokov's poetry Café Europe, nominated for the Annual Literary Award in 2014. His début collection Comrade Snow/ Biedrs Sniegs (2010) was praised instantly by many readers, and nominated for the Latvian Literary Award as the best début, and received the special Ojārs Vācietis award. His second collection Photograph and Scissors/ Fotogrāfija un šķēres (2013) has been widely reviewed by literary critics and attentive readers. His writing is characterised as clear and precise, genius and professional, powerful and distilled, without redundant and abundant colours – in stead he uses words to create sharp black&white pictures that connect history and present, imagination and awareness of actual and tangible experience. His poetry is unobtrusive and highly sensitive, framing exquisitely meaningful moments as photographies, pregnant with underlying contexts. Elements of prose-poetry are often met in his writing. Poems by Artis Ostups have been published in English in the Literature Across Frontiers platform, translated into German, Russian, French, Czech, Slovenian, Croatian, and Lithuanian, and his talent has been recognised in the international literary circles. In 2016, his third collection of poems, Gestures, was published.
Photo: from the author's personal archive
Žesti [Gestures]. Riga: Neputns, 2016.
Fotogrāfija un šķēres [Photography and Scissors]. Riga: Mansards, 2013.
Biedrs Sniegs [Comrade Snow]. Riga: Mansards, 2010.
Artis Ostups, poetry // Guernica magazine of art & politics [EN]
Artis Ostups, Šī sala pilna trokšņu/ This Island Full of Noises, essay on truth, power, and literature // Internet magazine Punctum [LV]Reviews
Arvis Viguls, Trešā persona/The Third Person // Culture newspaper Kultūras Diena [LV]
Katrīna Rudzīte, Silent Photographs // Internet magazine Satori.lv (Review of Photography and Scissors) [LV]
2014, Latvju Teksti Poem Contest Prize for the poem Trīs fotogrāfijas/ Three Photographies
2014, shortlisted for Latvian Literature Award as the Best Book of Poetry for Photography and Scissors
2011, Ojārs Vācietis Award special prize for Comrade Snow
2010, shortlisted for the Annual Latvian Literature Award as the Best Debut for Comrade Snow