Orbit actively participates in Latvian and international cultural
life. Members of the group have been published in many European countries and
are frequently invited to European literary and artistic festivals—including,
for instance: the International Moscow Poetry Biennial, the Berlin Poetry
Festival, the Gothenburg Book Fair, the ARS Festival in Bratislava, the White
Nights in Madrid, TARP in Vilnius, the Book World Festival in Prague, and many
others. In Latvia Orbit’s achievements have been recognized with the Annual
Literary Prize of the Union of Latvian Writers in 2005, the Annual Prize for
the best photography album in 2006 and for the best photography exhibit in
2007, as well as a number of prizes for book design and various other literary
and artistic awards. Since its founding Orbit appears in literary and
multimedia performances in conjunction with invited musicians and
Orbit members participating in YOUR LANGUAGE—MY EAR:
ARTUR PUNTE, an advertising writer in Riga, Latvia. He is a graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. He has published in the journals Daugava, Vavilon, Orbita and others, and is the author of two books of poetry.
SERGEJ TIMOFEJEV, a journalist, advertising writer, and DJ in Riga, Latvia. Since the late 1980s, he has published in the journals Rodnik, Mitin zhurnal, Vavilon, Znamia, and others. He is the author of four books of poetry and was short-listed for the prestigious Andrey Belyi prize in 2002.
SEMEN XANIN, a translator and poet in Riga. He is a graduate of Latvian State University and has published in Daugava, Vavilon, Orbita, and Osvobozhdennyi Uliss. He is the author of one book of poetry.