Michael Speier

Michael Speier (c) Walter Brickmann

Michael Speier, born in 1950 in Renchen, Baden, lives and works as a writer, translator and literary scholar in Berlin. He has published nine collections of poetry including welt / raum / reisen (2007) and HauptStadtStudio (2012), several poetry anthologies, including Berlin, du bist die Stadt (2011) and translations of contemporary poetry. He teaches Literature at universities in Germany and the USA. Michael Speier is the founder and editor of the literary magazine Park and edited eight editions of the Paul Celan Jahrbuch between 1987 and 2003. He has also been the director of the Milan Poetry Festival (2007) and since 1995 he has been an editorial member of the journal PO&SIE (Paris). Speier has taken part in various international festivals including in Medellín, Rosario, Belgrade, Malmö and Zurich. For his work he has been awarded fellowships and literary prizes by the German Schiller Foundation Weimar and the A+A Cultural Foundation Cologne. He has also been a writer in residence in the USA, France and Budapest. Speier’s poetic explorations take us to these places and more. He shows us the world as we would never see it in photos or in a film.
Publications (a selection): Welt / Raum / Reisen (APHAIA VERLAG 2007), Haupt Stadt Studio (APHAIA VERLAG 2012)