The International (Individual Country) Beat Poets Laureate is a Special Lifetime Honor that is awarded by the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. to certain individuals for their dedication and hard work as Artists, Writers, Poets, & Musicians and their writings and accomplishments as Beat Poets.
Awarded in 2020: Gábor G Gyukics – Hungary Beat Poet Laureate – Budapest Hungary.
gabor g gyukics (b. 1958) poet, jazz poet, literary translator born in Budapest. He is the author of one book of original prose, nine books of original poetry, six in Hungarian, two in English, one in Arabic, one in Bulgarian, one in Czech, and thirteen books of translations including A Transparent Lion, selected poetry of Attila József and Swimming in the Ground a Contemporary Hungarian Poetry (in English, both with co-translator Michael Castro), and an anthology of North American Indigenous poets in Hungarian titled Medvefelhő a város felett. He writes his poems in English (which is his second language) and Hungarian. He had lived in Holland for two years before moving to the US where he’d lived between 1988-2002, at present he resides in Szeged, Hungary.
His poetic works and translations have been published in over 200 magazines and anthologies in English, Hungarian and other languages worldwide. He is a recipient of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) residency in Canada in 2011.
His latest book in English titled a hermit has no plural was published by Singing Bone Press in the fall of 2015. His latest book in Hungarian was published by Lector Press in May 2018.
In 2018 he published his first jazz poetry CD in English titled Vibration of Words with three amazing Hungarian jazz musicians.
He received the Poesis 25 Prize for Poetry in Satu Mare Romania in 2015, the Salvatore Quasimodo special prize for poetry in 2012, a National Cultural Foundation grant in 2007 and a Füst Milan translator prize in 1999 and in 2017. Thanks to a CEC Arts Link grant, he established the first Open Mike and Jazz Poetry reading series in Hungary in 2000.