V. LUKS, Latvia poet. First Secretary, Latvia Union of Writers, since 1950; Secretary, USSR Union of Writers; Honorary Cultural Worker of Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic. Order of Red Banner of Labor.
1937 graduated Law Faculty, Riga University.
Until Soviet occupation of Latvia worked in Dept, of Paved and Unsurfaced Roads. 1941-1945 staff member, Soviet Army division newspaper. 1937 first work published.