In her poems, Uljana Wolf plays with the mixture of languages, slips of tongue, similar words and so-called false friends, words more commonly referred to as false cognates. By shedding light on the spaces between the German and English languages, she reflects on identity, migration and intercultural experiences. She will be reading poems from her books kochanie ich habe brot gekauft (2005) and falsche freunde (2009) in both German and English.
Uljana Wolf was born in East Berlin in 1979. She studied German Studies, Cultural Science and English Studies in Berlin and Krakow. Together with her husband and two young daughters, she has been traveling between New York and Berlin for work for the past several years. In New York, she has taught German as a Foreign Language and given seminars on poetry at the Pratt Institute and NYU.
Uljana Wolf’s poems have been translated into more than 15 languages. She won the Peter-Huchel-Prize in 2006, the Erlanger Preis für Poesie als Übersetzung in 2015 and the Adalbert-von-Chamisso-Prize in 2016.