Valts Ernštreits is a poet, translator, artist, researcher at the University of Tartu, and the director of “SIA NicePlace” Ltd. He was awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Tartu, Department of Philosophy, Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics. He now teaches a course in Livonian Language and Culture at the University of Latvia, as well as in other universities in Germany and Finland, and is an author of multiple research publications. His graphic art has been displayed in solo-exhibitions and group shows. Valts Ernštreits has received several nominations and awards in various fields of research, literature and translation. On several occasions, he has been interpreting for Estonian presidents during state visits. Valts Ernštreits actively promotes Livonian culture – he works at the Liv Culture Center, and is closely engaged in assembling and publishing works in the Liv language, such as the anthology of Liv poetry Ma akūb sīnda vizzõ, tūrska!/ I'm far shrewder than you, cod! (1998), or the largest Liv-Estonian-Latvian dictionary. His poetry was first published in 1983, in the youth magazine Zīlīte. Since then he has participated in various literary and poetry festivals. His début collection of poetry Inter/rational came out in 2003, and eleven years passed before his second book Dark Energy was published in 2014, and shortlisted for the Latvju Teksti Magazine Award. His poems have been translated into English, Finnish, Estonian, Dutch, Macedonian, and Swedish.
People like us / Seļļizt nemē mēg. London: Francis Boutle Publishers, 2019.
Trillium. Riga: Starptautiskā lībiešu draugu biedrība, Lībiešu kultūras centrs, 2018.
Dark Energy. Riga: Mansards, 2014.
Inter/rational. Riga: Rīgas Jauno Literātu Apvienība, 2003.
Ma akūb sīnda vizzõ, tūrska! [I'm More Cunning Than You]. Cod. Riga: Līvõ Kultūr Sidām, 1998.
Valts Ernštreits' CV and publications // Eesti Teadusinfosüsteem [EN]
Valts Ernštreits profile // Poetry International Rotterdam [EN]
2018, Annual Latvian Literary Award for Special Achievement for Trillium
2016, Languages Award by the Latvian and Estonian Foreign Ministries for contribution to research in the Estonian and the Liv languages, high quality translations and contribution to compiling the Estonian-Latvian Dictionary
2003, Klāvs Elsbergs Prize for Inter/rational
Trillium: a collection of livonian poetry
Trillium: a collection of livonian poetry (Trillium: lībiešu dzejas krājums)
Title: Trillium: a collection of livonian poetry
Title*: Trillium: lībiešu dzejas krājums
The International Society of Livonian Friends, Estonia
The authors, the translators;
The authors of this book are three poets who all write in the ancient and once great Livonian language, which today only a few dozen people can speak across the entire world.
People Like Us
People Like Us (Seļļizt nemē mēg)
Title: People Like Us
Title*: Seļļizt nemē mēg
Francis Boutle Publishers, United Kingdom
The author, the translator
In People Like Us you will wander through Latvia meeting Livonian characters as they struggle with the burdens and responsibilities of their language and heritage.