Jan Wagner

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Jan Wagner, was born in Hamburg in 1971 and now lives in Berlin. He is a poet, translator of English-language poetry and essayist. As well as books of poetry, including “Regentonnenvariationen” (2014), “Selbstporträt mit Bienenschwarm. Ausgewählte Gedichte” (2016) and “Die Live Butterfly Show” (2018) (all published by Hanser Verlag Berlin), he has published the essay collections “Die Sandale des Propheten” (Berlin Verlag 2011), “Der verschlossene Raum” (Hanser Berlin 2016) and “Der glückliche Augenblick” (Hanser Berlin 2021). His prizes include the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair (2015) and the Georg Büchner Prize (2017).

Publications (selection):
Der glückliche Augenblick. Hanser Verlag, 2021.
Die Live Butterfly Show. Hanser Verlag, 2018.
Der verschlossene Raum. Hanser Verlag, 2016.
Selbstporträt mit Bienenschwarm. Ausgewählte Gedichte. Hanser Verlag, 2016.
Regentonnenvariationen. Hanser Verlag, 2014.
Die Sandale des Propheten. Berlin Verlag, 2011.

in English:
Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees. Tr. Iain Galbraith, Arc Publications, 2015.

Awards (selection):
2017: Georg Büchner Prize
2015: Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair

Festival Content


Communion of the Absent

⇒ Tickets 3€ | Festival Pass 19€ 

Poetry is continually being made through language and bodies, production and reception. But in the pandemic performances, readings, concerts and discussions can no longer be experienced. Is there a danger that poetry will disappear from the collective consciousness if we are not listening to it together, discussing it, teaching it, translating it and continuing to write it? Where can we hear the voice and the silence of poetry today? Where are the round tables at which multilingualism, the musicality of language and translatability are discussed?

Yoko TawadaMarion PoschmannUrsula KrechelUlf StolterfohtJan Wagner