Madara Gruntmane (1981) studied at the Liepāja Emīls Melngailis music school as a pianist, and later graduated from the Baltic International Academy with a degree in Cultural Project Management. She works with creative collectives as a producer of cultural events. She is the author of many cultural projects that have gained popularity in Latvia, and has had wide experience internationally. In 2016, Madara Gruntmane participated in the international graphic arts festival "Printmaking IN" workshop, in the Creative Summer Workshops, as well as Poetry Days events in Riga and Liepāja. Gruntmane has been writing poetry from a very early age, but her début publication in the “Latvju Teksti” magazine in 2015 made her known to the wider public. In the autumn of the same year, “Neputns” published her first collection of poetry titled Narkozes/ Narcoses, for which she received the Annual Latvian Literature's Reader's Choice Award. Currently Gruntmane is working on her second book of poems.
Narkozes [Narcoses]. Riga: Neputns, 2015.
Madara Gruntmane, Sadedzis maigums/ Burnt Gentleness, poems // Satori.lv [LV]
Apbalvoti Latvijas Literatūras gada balvas laureāti/ The Annual Literature Award Laureates Awarded // punctum Magazine [LV]
Grāmata, kas var nokaitināt/ A Book That Will Annoy You, reviews, commentary on Narcoses // DELFI Kultūra [LV]
Arvis Viguls, Mīlestības nav/ There Is No Love, review of Narcoses // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2015 [LV]
Kristiāna Kārkliņa, Kailam pamosties/ To Wake up Naked, review of Narcoses // UbiSunt, University of Latvia [LV]
2016, the Annual Latvian Literature Award (Delfi news site's Reader's Choice Award)
The author, translator and editor
Through this collection rises an intricate weave of voices: mother and daugther; lover and witch; destroyer and pray; voyeur and performer. By turns angy and exultant Gruntmane interrogates, and celebrates, the many facets of what it is to be female.