Lina ramona Vitkauskas (b. 1973, Lithuanian-American-Canadian) almost went blind twice in her life. She is the author of the poetry collections A Neon Tryst (Shearsman Books, 2013), an ekphrastic piece speaking to three films—Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, and Frankenheimer’s SECONDS; as well as HONEY IS A SHE (Plastique Press, 2012), addressing CCD (colony collapse disorder); THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING (Ravenna Press, 2010); and Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006), which was inspired by dying brown dwarfs. In 2009, Pulitzer-finalist Brenda Hillman selected her for a Chicago-based poetry award. She has been published internationally—in the US, UK, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Australia, France, and Canada. Spiny Retinas, Vitkauskas’ hilarious and abstract tale told in verse, is being released by Mutable in the Fall of 2014. Her website is linaramona.com.