Judith Zander

(c) Heike Bogenberger

Judith Zander was born in Anklam in 1980. She is equally celebrated as a poet, prose writer and translator (of poets including Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou). Her first book was the novel “Dinge, die wir heute sagten” (dtv 2010), which was nominated for the German Book Prize. Her most recent book is “Johnny Ohneland” (dtv 2020). The collection “oder tau”, praised by critics for its “ambiguous feats of magic” as a “land register of contemporary poetry” (FAZ), made her known as a poet as well. Her subsequent collection, “manual numerale”, combined extreme strictness of form with a playfully casual walk through the days and months of the year 2012. “A mash-up album for Beatles fans and Baroque exegetes in equal measure, or, to stay with music journalism, a smash hit.” (fixpoetry)

Publications (selection):
Johnny Ohneland. dtv, 2020.
manual numeral. Gedichte. dtv, 2014
Cactaceae. Naturkunden. Matthes & Seitz, 2014.
oder tau, Gedichte. dtv, 2011.
Dinge, die wir heute sagten. dtv, 2010.

2017: Anke Bennholdt-Thomsen Poetry Prize
2011: Uwe Johnson Promotion Prize of the Mecklenburg Literature Society
2010: 3sat Prize at the 34th Days of German-Language Literature for an excerpt from her novel “Dinge, die wir heute sagten”
2009: Wolfgang Weyrauch Promotion Prize at the Literary March
2007: Poetry Prize at the 15th open mike of the former Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

Festival Content

WELTKLANG – Night of Poetry

⇒ Tickets 3€ | Festival Pass 19€  

Weltklang – Night of Poetry is the opening in many voices of the poesiefestival berlin – this year in video format online. Poets from all parts of the world read, sing and perform in their seven native languages. They show the wealth of contemporary poetry, the diversity of its content, the wide range of its approaches and styles. The German translations will be faded in; many of the poems have been translated into German for the first time for Weltklang.

Ichiko AobaMarieke Lucas RijneveldMarko TomašChus PatoPeter WaterhouseJudith ZanderBen LernerHannah LoweValzhyna Mort