Jan Wagner

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Jan Wagner, born in 1971 in Hamburg, lives and works as a poet, translator and editor in Berlin. His first collection of poetry, Probebohrung im Himmel, appeared in 2001. This was followed by Guerickes Sperling (2004), Achtzehn Pasteten (2007), Australien (2010), Die Eulenhasser in den Hallenhäusern (2012) and Regentonnenvariationen (2014). In his latest collection he sets his poetic sights on pussy willow and strangler fig, morel and saltbush, olm and otter, and manages by zooming in and associatively cross-fading to penetrate throught to the essence of things for a moment. “Poetry full of presence of mind,” as the jury for the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair called Wagner’s Regentonnenvarationen, awarding this prize to a poet for the first time ever. Other prizes his work has earned him include the Kranichstein Literature Prize (2011), the Hölderlin Prize of the City of Tübingen (2011) and the Mörike Prize (2015).

Publications (a selection): Die Sandale des Propheten. Essays (Berlin-Verlag 2011); Die Eulenhasser in den Hallenhäusern. Drei Verborgene (Hanser Berlin 2012); Poesiealbum 295 (Märkischer Verlag Wilhelmshorst 2011); Regentonnenvariationen (Hanser Berlin 2014)