Ursula Krechel

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Ursula Krechel was born in Trier in 1947 and now lives in Berlin. She writes poetry, novels, essays and theatre plays. She has taught at the University of the Arts in Berlin and Washington University St. Louis, is a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin, and the German Academy for Language and Poetry, Darmstadt, and is Vice President of the Acadamy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz. She has received many awards for her novels “Shanghai fern von wo” (2008), “Landgericht” (2012) and “Geisterbahn” (2018), including the Joseph Breitbach Prize, the German Book Prize and the Jean Paul Prize. “Beileibe und zumute” is her 16th collection of poetry.

Publications (selection):
Beileibe und zumute. Jung und Jung, 2021.
Geisterbahn. Jung und Jung, 2018.
Landgericht. Jung und Jung, 2012.
Shanghai fern von wo. Jung und Jung, 2008.

in English:
Voices from the Bitter Core. Bilingual Edition, Host Publications, 2010.

Awards (selection):
2019: Jean Paul Prize
2012: German Book Prize
2009: Joseph Breitbach Prize

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