Baiba Damberg

Baiba Damberg (1957) was born in the Livonian village of Sīkrõg (Sīkrags). Her uncle, poet Pētõr Damberg, was one of the best known Livonian cultural activists and poets. Currently, Damberg works as a graphics instructor at the Jānis Rozentāls School of Art in Rīga, whilst writing poetry in Livonian, Latvian, and the Livonian-influenced or Tamian dialect of Latvian. Damberg’s poetry is extremely visually oriented, she often uses word games and creates new meanings and new words in Livonian, combining symbolic references to her heritage with playful imagery from everyday life.