Breyger, Yevgeniy

Breyger, Yevgeniy (c) Gabriela Cuzepan

Yevgeniy Breyger, born in 1989 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, lives in Frankfurt am Main. He is a German-language poet, translator and editor. In his latest poems, he explores the zones of uncertainty and human dislocation created by the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. His most recent poetry collections are “Gestohlene Luft” (kookbooks 2020) and “Kryptomagie” (mikrotext 2023). In 2021, he won the Munich Poetry Prize and currently is Helsinki City Writer 2023.

Festival Content

POETRY TALK: Yevgeniy Breyger & Madara Gruntmane

Es tut weh, das heißt: Du bist am Leben (It Hurts, Thus: You’re Alive)

Clubraum 7/5€ | Tickets

Yevgeniy Breyger (born in Kharkiv in 1989) and Madara Gruntmane (born in Liepāja in 1981) are united in their search for an empathetic language and their search for what it means to write poetry in the face of violence.

Breyger, YevgeniyGruntmane, Madara


Kleines Parkett 8/6 € | Tickets


With Kemi Alabi, Yevgeniy Breyger, Kholoud Charaf, Athena Farrokhzad, Madara Gruntmane, Ramin Mazhar and Ganna Gryniva (music), moderated by Bohdan Tokarskyi

Violence can be silent – but it can also develop its own language. How might we counter violence with another language, one that does not further stigmatize its victims or – in the worst case – re-traumatize them? This evening’s poets will contend with different forms of violence: authoritarian regimes, censorship, war and civil war, forced migration, flight, and expulsion – but also everyday violence, racist police profiling, violence against LGTBQIA* people, femicides, or sexualized violence within the family or community. Poetry can both document and remember violence, but can also initiate therapeutic processes, extending the opportunity for solidarity and healing.


Alabi, KemiBreyger, YevgeniyCharaf, KholoudFarrokhzad, AthenaGruntmane, MadaraMazhar, RaminGryniva, Ganna