Björn Kuhligk

Björn Kuhligk Foto: gezett

Björn Kuhligk’s (born 1975, Berlin) poems revolve “half humorously, half solemnly around love, sex, birth, death, drinking, traveling, Berlin and music”. They are incisive snapshots that, often freely collaged onto one another, offer continual flashes of clarity. Even though his latest collection ”Die Stille zwischen Null und Eins” (The Stillness Between Zero and One) is set in the bucolic surroundings of Berlin, he maintains the critical, self-deprecatory distance that characterizes his city scenes and evades a schmaltzy romanticism of nature.

Kuhligk is also an organiser, supporter and cataloguer of the young German poetry scene. From 1996 until 1999 he ran the reading series “Die Schwarzleserey”. From 2002 till 2006 he was editor of the Berlin magazine “lauter niemand”, with Tom Schulz he published from 1997 until 1999 “edition minotaurus” and together with Jan Wagner he edited the 2003 and the 2008 anthologies “Lyrik von Jetzt” (Poetry from Now) I and II.

Most recently he won the 2013 Art Prize Literature from Brandenburg Lotto.


Publications (selected)

Es gibt hier keine Küstenstraßen. (There are no Coastal Streets Here) Poems, Lyrikedition 2001

Am Ende kommen Touristen. (At the End the Tourists Come) Poems, Berlin Verlag 2002

Großes Kino. (Big Cinema) Poems, Berlin Verlag 2005

Leben läuft. (Life Goes) Texts, SuKuLTuR Verlag 2005

Der Wald im Zimmer, Eine Harzreise (The Forest in the Room, a Harz Journey) (together with Jan Wagner), Berliner Taschenbuch Verlag 2007

Von der Oberfläche der Erde. (From the Face of the Earth) Poems, Berlin Verlag 2009

Bodenpersonal. (Floor Staff) Texts, Verlagshaus J. Frank 2010

Die Stille zwischen null und eins, (The Stillness Between Zero and One) Hanser 2013