Raisters Ēriks (1905 - 1967), poet, journalist

Poet, journalist Raisters Ēriks was born on April 23, 1905 in Līvāni, Ranka Parish, in a farmer's family.

Studied at Ranka Luther Parish School (1915 - 1918), Jaunpiebalga Primary School (1918 - 1920), Smiltene Gymnasium (1920 - 1924). Graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Law of the University of Latvia (1932). During her studies, she worked as a civil servant in the Post and Telegraph Department and the Latvian Post. At the turn of the 1920s and 1930s, Raisters was one of the busiest organizers and managers of the "Green Crow" cultural events. He was the editor of the newspaper "Rīts" (1936-1938) and the editor of the Department of National Economy (1938-1940). 1941 - 1944 worked in the newspaper "Tēvija", "Daugavas Vanagi".

1944 emigrated to Germany in the autumn of 1949, where he worked for the newspaper "Latvju Balss" in Berlin, then was a teacher at the Latvian Gymnasium in Huusum, editor of the newspaper "Nedēļas Apskats" in Augustdorf (1946-1949), editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Latvija" in Eslingen (1949 .g. - 1950). 1950 emigrated to the United States, where he worked for the newspaper "Laiks" until 1967. November. 1962 - 1967 Chairman of the Latvian Press Association, in the 1960s also secretary of the ALA Culture Bureau and head of the literature section.

The first publication - a poem "In the Seaside of Finland" in the magazine "Lira" in 1924. In the collection of poems "Men" (1931) - anxiously romantic and hedonic eroticism, scenes of the urban genre; in the collection "Rafting" (1939) - poetization of rural life, scenes of rhythm of nature and seasons, as well as artistically tense ballads and poems about Ancient Latvia. The collection of poems "Holiness" was destroyed during World War II. The collection of lyrics "My Time" (1950) depicts the fragmentation of the exile's psyche, a distant attitude towards the cruelty and superficiality of the age. After 1950. The poems written by him were compiled in a memorial "When We Were Young" (1972). In the 1940s and 1960s, R. published many reviews of books, articles and reports on social and cultural issues in periodicals, and was Latvian. co-editor of the exile poetry anthology "Poetry and Faces" (1962). The memories of the environment of young writers of the 20s and 30s and Edward Virza (in the selection "When We Were Young") are of cultural and historical value.

Aliases: Fax., Facsimile, Pēteris Palope, Aukuperons, Bērtulis Bedeicis, Svabadnieks.

He died on November 15, 1967 in New York, USA, and was buried there, but in July 1994 he was reburied in Ranka Parish Cemetery.

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