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Durs Grünbein | Poet / Essayist

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born in Dresden

Durs Grünbein moved to Berlin in 1986, where he studied theater arts for a year at the Humboldt Universität. His first collection of poems Grauzone morgens was published in 1988. Collaborative writing projects followed with performance artists, actors and painters. After the fall of the Wall in 1989, Grünbein traveled through Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. He was a writer-in-residence in the German Department at New York University and Dartmouth College and at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades.

He has received numerous awards including: Peter-Huchel-Preis, Georg-Büchner-Preis, The Salzburg Easter Festival Prize for Literature in 2000, den Friedrich Nietzsche-Preis des Landes Saxony-Anhalt 2004 and the Literaturpreis der Preussischen Seehandlung which was awarded together with the Heiner Müller Professor in 2006.

Grünbein is a member of the Academy of the Arts (Berlin), the Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg, Freien Akademie der Künste Leipzig, and the Saxon Academy of the Arts. He has been professor of poetry at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf since 2005, and a member of the Order Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaft und Künste in Berlin since 2008.