Lithuanian scholar, poet, translator, and teacher. His numerous literary honors include the Lithuanian Cultural Prize, the Russian Baltic Star, and the Polish Borderland Award.
He studied at Tartu University and was influenced by the structuralism he encountered there.
His poetry has been published in English, German, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, and other languages.
His father, Antanas Venclova, was a poet and Soviet politician.
He and Czeslaw Milosz were both successful Lithuanian poets.