Jonas Zdanys received his B.A. in English from Yale University and his M.A. and
Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York. A bilingual poet and translator,
he is the author of forty books, thirty-seven of them collections of poetry, written in
English and in Lithuanian, and of translations from the Lithuanian. He has received a
number of prizes, book awards, writing and travel grants, and public recognitions for his
own poetry and for his translations, most recent among them an exhibit about his life and
work by the National Library of Lithuania, appointment as Phi Beta Kappa Poet at
Connecticut College, a translation grant from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, and
selection for the 2012 Poet’s Voice Series. 

He is also active as an editor and a literary panelist and has served as a reviewer for
Wesleyan University Press, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, and World Literature
Today. He has taught at the State University of New York and at Yale University, where he
held a number of administrative positions and was a Scholar-in-Residence in the Yale
Center for Russian and East European Studies. As part of his international activities, he
was appointed a consultant for the reorganization of higher education by the Lithuanian
Ministry of Education and the Lithuanian Parliament. Before coming to Sacred Heart in
2009, he served for more than a decade as the state of Connecticut’s Chief Academic

Popular Press


Jonas Zdanys Named SHU Poet-in-Residence, Sacred Heart University News Story (2015)

Sacred Heart University announces the appointment of Jonas Zdanys to the position of poet-in-residence. To...



Professor Zdanys Edits New Anthology of Epistolary Poems, Sacred Heart University News Story (2015)

Zdanys’ book takes a contemporary look at a literary tradition more than 2,000 years old,...



Zdanys Receives Grant to Publish Fifth Book of Poems Written in Lithuanian, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

Sacred Heart University Professor Jonas Zdanys of Wallingford has received a grant from the Lithuanian...



Professor Zdanys Publishes Cormorants, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

Sacred Heart University English professor Jonas Zdanys recently published a volume of poetry entitled Cormorants,...




Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, English Faculty Publications (2015)

The poems published here explore concerns that so many personal letters often express: love and...



Ikaro Prisikelimas, English Faculty Publications (2014)

This work, entitled Ikaro Prisikelimas, which means ‘the resurrection of Icarus,’ continues the themes Professor...



Solitary Architectures: Selected Poems (with Kornelijus Platelis), English Faculty Publications (2014)

Selected poems of Kornelijus Platelis, translated from the Lithuanian by Jonas Zdanys.



Cormorants, English Faculty Publications (2013)


The Kingfisher’s Reign, English Faculty Publications (2012)

American poet Jonas Zdanys.

Table of contents: Creating the World -- City Evening -- Icarus...




Winter Geese [Poem], English Faculty Publications (1991)