Jānis Tomašs was born in 1984, Vecpiebalga, and currently lives in Riga. Tomašs studied in Vecpiebalga gymnasium, Smiltene Technical School (chef, waiter), and now works in the Riga Municipal Police. His literary works have earned him the Annual Latvian Literature Award for best debut – poetry collection “Melnie darba cimdi” (The Black Work Gloves), as well as A Kilogram of Culture Award in Literature 2016, and Dzintars Sodums Award for innovation in literature.
Melnie darba cimdi [The Black Work Gloves]. Riga: Pētergailis, 2016.
Interview with the author // laligaba.lv, 2017 [LV]
Kusiņa-Šulca, Es esmu kļuvis imūns, about Jānis Tomašs // LA.lv, 2016 [LV]Reviews
Aleksandra Breice, Vājais stiprais dzimums jeb balts uz melna, review of The Black Work Gloves // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2016 [LV]
2017, the Annual Latvian Literary Award for The Black Work Gloves
2017, Dzintars Sodums Award for innovation in literature
2016, A Kilogram in Culture Award in Literature