Jānis Peters, born in 1939, is a Latvian poet, columnist, politician, and diplomat. From 1947 until 1958, Peters studied in Liepāja, later he was a stage worker and director's assistant at the Liepāja Theatre (1957-1963), worked for the Liepāja regional newspaper, and was the editor at the prose department of Zvaigzne newspaper (1967-1972). Peters' first set of poems Kaist pīlādzis sniegā/Rowan Tree in the Snow was published in 1961. His first poetry collection Dzirnakmens/Grindstone was published in 1968, the same year he was accepted in the Writers' Union of the Latvian SSR, where he held positions as secretary of the committee (1974-1976), poetry consultant (1974), etc. During the National Awakening, Peters was actively involved in the social and political events, and was among the central figures in the movement. Peters was one of the founders and leaders of the Popular Front. After Latvia regained its independence, he was the first Latvian ambassador to post-Soviet Russia. Peters is the director of the Krišjānis Valdemārs Foundation (since 1998). In 2008, Peters received the Latvian Cicero Award in National Politics for his participation in the furthering of the ideas of the Awakening movement. Jānis Peters is the author of six collections of poems, songs for theatre, a libretto, and many works about important figures in Latvian culture, including a book on the composer Raimonds Pauls, the author of more than 100 songs with Peter's lyrics. Since 1990, Peters is the honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of Latvia.
Teātra dziesmas [Songs from Theatre]. Rīga: Jumava, 2016.
Minhauzens un kamikadze [Munchausen and Kamikaze]. Riga: Jumava, 2012.
Dzejnieka mīlas vārdi [Poet's Words of Love]. Riga: Jumava, 2004.
Dzeja [Poetry]. Selected poems. Riga: Atēna, 2004.
Es tevi mīlu [I Love You]. Riga: Liesma, 1998.
Kovārnis korī [Jackdaw Choir]. Riga: Liesma, 1988.
Raimonds Pauls [biography], Riga: Liesma, 1986.
Tautas skaitīšana [The Census]. Riga: Liesma, 1984.
Trīs dārgas mantas [The Dear Things].1984.
Kalējs kala debesīs [The Smith Forged the Heavens]. Essays, Riga: Liesma, 1981.
Līdz durvīm septiņi soļi [Seven Steps to the Door].1980).
Modinātāju remonts [Alarm-clock Repairs].1980.
Priekšnojautas [Premonitions]. Riga: Liesma, 1979.
Balta ziemeļu sūna [White Northern Moss].1977.
Baltijas toverī sālīti… [Salt in the Baltic Pot]. Riga: Liesma, 1973.
Mans bišu koks [My Bee Tree]. Riga: Liesma, 1973.
Libretto for Pauls Dambis' opera Spārni [Wings],1976.
Asinszāle [St John’s wort]. Riga: Liesma, 1970.
Dzirnakmens [Grindstone]. Riga: Liesma, 1968.
Ilva Skulte, review of Munchausen and Kamikaze // Diena News [LV]
Inese Lūsiņa, Jānis Peters: Neviens negrib noticēt visļaunākajam/ Nobody wants to believe the worst, interview with Jānis Peters // Diena News [LV]
About The Songs from Theatre // Jumava publishing [LV]
Jānis Peters, author's profile // Literature.lv [LV]
Jānis Peters // Wikipedia [LV]
Jānis Peters // Delfi News [LV]
Jānis Peters, awards // AKKA/LAA [LV]
2009, 2008, 1999, the Copyright Eternity Award by the Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/ Latvian Authors' Association (AKKA/LAA)
2008, the Cross of Merit
2008, the Latvian Cicero Award in National Politics
1995, the Order of the Three Stars
1983, LSSR Award for contribution to culture
1984, the Ojārs Vācietis Prize