Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2015

Oct, Nov, Dec

Jan Wagner | Writer

Jan Wagner / © Privat
Jan Wagner / © Privat
born in Hamburg
lives and works in Berlin

 Translator of Anglo-American poetry (Charles Simic, James Tate, Simon Armitage, Matthew Sweeney, Robin Robertson and others), literary critic and, until 2003, co-publisher of the international literature box Die Aussenseite des Elementes („The Outside of the Element“). He has published six poetry collections – Probebohrung im Himmel („A Trial Drill in the Sky“, 2001), Guerickes Sperling („Guericke’s Sparrow“, 2004), Achtzehn Pasteten (“Eighteen Pies”, 2007), Australien (“Australia”, 2010, all with Berlin Verlag), Die Eulenhasser in den Hallenhäusern. Drei Verborgene (“The Owl-Haters in the Hallhouses. Three Concealed Poets”, 2012) and Regentonnenvariationen (“Rain Barrel Variations”, 2014, both with Hanser Berlin Verlag) – as well as a selection of essays, Die Sandale des Propheten. Beiläufige Prosa (“The Prophet’s Sandal. Incidental Prose”, Berlin Verlag 2011) ). With the poet Björn Kuhligk he put together the comprehensive anthologies of young German language poetry Lyrik von Jetzt. 74 Stimmen („Poetry of Now. 74 voices“, 2003) and Lyrik von Jetzt zwei. 50 Stimmen (2008) and the book Der Wald im Zimmer (“A Forest Inside the Room”, 2007). For his poetry, which has been translated into thirty languages, he received, amongst others, the Anna-Seghers-Award (2004), the Ernst-Meister-Award for Poetry (2005), the Wilhelm-Lehmann-Award (2009), a residency in the German Academy in Rome/Villa Massimo (2011), the Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis of the city of Tübingen (2011) and the Kranichsteiner Literaturpreis (2011).