Artists 2010 – VERSschmuggel/reVERSible

Antonella Anedda

Antonella Anedda (*1958, Rome, Italy) lives and works in Rome and Sardinia. She studied Art History in Rome and Venice and, after completing her studies, worked as a teacher, university lecturer (at Siena University) and journalist (“Il Manifesto”, “Linea d’ombra”, “Nuovi Argoment”i). She has published poems and essays and translated the works of poets, Ovid and St. John Perse among others. She works closely with the journals “Poesia” (published by Crocetti, Milan) and “Nuovi argomeni” (published by Mondadori, Milan). Anedda is one of the most interesting voices in contemporary Italian poetry. The modern themes she broaches (human suffering, war and the fate of the world) give her poetry extraordinary strength and intensity. At the same time, she creates a link in masterly fashion between the tragic tones that can be heard over and again in her texts and light-hearted elements, between poetry and philosophy. She says of herself that she writes to clear things up, so that life reveals itself to her.
Publications (a selection):
Residenze invernali, Crocetti, Milan 1992 + 2008.
Notti di pace occidentale, Donzelli, Rome 1999.
Il catalogo della gioia, Donzelli, 2003.
Dal balcone del corpo, Mondadori, Milan, 2007.
Antonella Anedda at ZVAB

Milo De Angelis

Milo De Angelis (*1951, Milan, Italy) is an author and translator living in Milan. He made a name for himself with the publication of his debut collection of poetry “Somiglianze” in 1976 and he has since been one of the most important authors of modern Italian poetry. He has written six volumes of poetry to date.
De Angelis’s poetry creates inimitable excitement and energy without at the same time being rhetorical. It has a tragic, existentialist dimension. Transience and death are the themes with which he deals. The barren, grey ambiance of Milan forms the backdrop to his texts. His language can create a strong, lyrical flow. It is sometimes dark but always expressive. His poetry is therefore described as “neuphoric”.
He has translated works by Vergil, Properz, Racine, Baudelaire and Blanchot (among others) into Italian. He published the poetry journal “Il Niebo” at the end of the 1970s. He currently runs a series of the same name for the La Vita Felice publishing house.
Publications (a selection):
Somiglianze, Guanda, Parma 1976.
Millimetri, Einaudi, Turin 1983.
Terra del viso, Mondadori, Milan 1985.
Distante un padre, Mondadori, Milan 1989.
Biogafia sommaria, Mondadori, Milan 1999.
Dove eravamo già stati. Poetry 1970-2001, Donzelli, Rome 2001.
Tema dell'addio, Mondadori, Milan 2005. 
Milo de Angelis at ZVAB

Milo De Angelis - Premio Città di Recanati 2000

Nanni Balestrini

Nanni Balestrini (*1935, Milan, Italy) lives in Paris and Rome. He was one of the co-founders of Neoavanguardia, an influential, avant-garde literary movement in Italy in the 1950s and 60s. The linguistic experiments of the authors of this group form part of the literary tradition of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound in both form and content. Balestrini was the editor of the journal “Il Verri” and co-director of “Alfabeta”. He worked for the Feltrinelli publishing house in Milan from 1962–1972. He was also a regular political activist: in 1968, he started Potere operaio, an organisation of non-parliamentary left-wingers and then supported the Autonomia movement in the 1970s. In 1979, Balestrini fled to France, then later to Germany, after being accused of being a member of a guerrilla group. His work regularly reflects the tension between left-wing optimism and governmental repression. He is a polarising class warrior and aesthetic innovator. Jürgen Schneider describes him as “a militant man of letters in the truest sense of the word”.
Publications (a selection):
Wir wollen alles, Verlag Assoziation A, Berlin 1971.
Die Unsichtbaren, Verlag Assoziation A, Berlin1987.
Die goldene Horde, with Primo Moroni, Verlag Assoziation A, Berlin 1988.
Der Verleger, Verlag Assoziation A, Berlin 1989.
I furiosi. Die Wütenden, ID-Verlag, Berlin1994.
Sandokan. Eine Erzählung der Camorra (Sandokan, storia di camorra), Verlag Assoziation A, Berlin 2004.Tristano, SuhrkampVerlag, Berlin 2009.
Nanni Balestrini at ZVAB

Video-Fondali per "Elettra" di Nanni Balestrini - 2006

Elisa Biagini

Elisa Biagini (born in 1970 in Florence, ITALY) lives and works as a writer, translator and teacher of art history and creative writing in Florence. Her debut poetry collection, “Questi Nodi “ (1993) was very well-received. Two of her subsequent volumes are bilingual, with poems in both Italian and English. In all, she has published six books of verse, which have been translated in several languages including English, Spanish, French and German. She has also been published in many journals and anthologies (“Poes”i, “Linea d´ombra”, “Versodove”, “Rattapallax” and “Atelier”) and was herself the editor in 2006 of an anthology of contemporary American poetry (“Nuovi Poeti Americani”).
Publications (a selection):
Questi Nodi, Gazebo, Florenz 1993.
L´ospite, Einaudi, Turin 2004.
Fiato. Parole per Musica, Einaudi, Turin 2006.
Nuovi Poeti Americani, Einaudi, Turin 2006.
Nel Bosco, Einaudi, Turin 2007.
Elisa Biagini at ZVAB

Perché leggere poesia

Bastian Böttcher

Bastian Böttcher (*1974, Bremen, Germany) studied Media Design at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He has lived in Berlin since 2000. He is one of the founders of Germany’s poetry slam scene and is still one of its most important representatives today. For Böttcher, the writing and public performance of his lyrical works belong inseparably together. His texts must be heard in order for the intended effect to be achieved. Sound, rhythm and dynamics are therefore at the forefront of his poetry performances, with which he has made an international name for himself. Harald Schmidt named “Bas Böttcher” Germany’s No. 1 rap poet, while the FAZ newspaper said: “Poems and coolness suddenly sit together harmoniously so that playful and easy-going ways actually give rise to art – a far cry from a great deal of strained, foggy literary production [...]” In a bid to ascribe Böttcher to a literary tradition, the review positioned him alongside Ringelnatz and Jandl.
Publications (a selection):
Megaherz, Rotbuch Verlag, Hamburg 2004.
Dies ist kein Konzert, Voland & Quist, Dresden 2006.
Neonomade, Voland & Quist, Dresden 2009.
Bastian Böttcher at ZVAB

Bas Böttcher - Dran glauben / Bekommbar

Ann Cotten

Ann Cotten (born in Iowa, USA in 1982) is the most outspoken of the younger German-speaking poets. In 1987 she came to Vienna and studied German, graduating with a dissertation on lists in Concrete Poetry. In 2006 she moved to Berlin. Ann Cotten was celebrated as a ‘wunderkind’ on the publication by Suhrkamp in 2007 of her Fremdwörterbuchsonette (Foreign Dictionary Sonnets). Together with Monika Rinck and Sabine Scho she puts on the ‘Rotten Kinck Schow’ at irregular intervals.
Her poetry is characterised by playful language experiments and clarity. “Ann Cotten ties up the traditional canon of forms in a fresh, new way which is also a disruption and tries to read the world and situations in a way that is as lateral to the norm as possible.” (Christian Steinbacher).
In 2007 she received the Reinhard Priessnitz Prize and the Clemens Brentano Prize the following year.
Publications (selection):
Fremdwörterbuchsonette. Suhrkamp-Verlag 2007.
Nach der Welt. Die Listen der konkreten Poesie und ihre Folgen. Klever 2008.
Florida-Räume. Suhrkamp-Verlag 2010. 

ann cotten + woh_-verschwinden (fragment)

Stefano Dal Bianco

Stefano Dal Bianco (born in 1961 in Padua, Italy) lives in Siena. he has published three highly-regarded collections of poetry in Italy, which are remarkable for their mastery of form. He says that rhythm is what stays. The subject-matter of his poetry is strongly autobiographical, but at the same time he looks for what is universal in individual experience. Stefano Dal Bianco also works as a translator and has translated many renowned poets (including Marianne Moore, Michael Hartnett, Wallace. Stevens and Gerald Manley Hopkins) into Italian. From 1986 to 1989 he edited the journal "Scarto minimo" together with Mario Benedetti and Fernando Marchiori. From 1992 to 1994 he was the editor of the journal "Poesia" with the Crocetti Press in Milan. In 1997 he gained a doctorate in Romanic and Italian philology from the University of Padua. He is regarded as one of Italy's most important experts on poetry. One of his specialist areas is metrics, and another is 20th Century poetry, he has, for example, written a commentary on the poems of Andrea Zanzotto. He has been teaching literature at the University of Siena since December 2002.
Publications (a selection):La bella mano, Crocetti Press, Milan 1991.Stanze del gusto cattivo, Guerini Press, Milan 1991.Ritorno a Planaval, Mondadori, Milan 2001.L’endecasillabo del furioso, Pacini, Pisa 2007.

Marco Giovenale

Marco Giovenale (*1969, Rome, Italy) works as an author and bookseller in Rome. The Internet plays a big role in his literary work. He publishes many of his texts as a blogger via his web blogs Differx and Xdiffer. He is also the editor of numerous journals and web projects, including GAMMM, Flux, Wee image, Hotel Stendhal, Sud and OR. He won the Renato Giorgi Prize in 2003 for his book "Il segno meno".
He writes literary criticism for the "Il Manifesto" newspaper. He organised the first "RomaPoesia" festival in October 2005. Giovenale has published numerous poetry collections that have been published in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish and Germany.
Publications (a selection):
Curvature, Camera verde, Rome 2002.
Il segno meno, Manni, Lecce 2003.
Altre ombre, La camera verde, Rome 2004.
Double click, plaquette: Cantarena, 2005.
Superficie della battaglia, La camera verde, Rome 2006.
A rhyme mirror, Battello stampatore, Triest 2007.
Criterio dei vetri, Oèdipus, Salerno 2007.
La casa esposta, Le Lettere, Florence 2007.
Soluzione della materia, La camera verde, Rome 2009.
Chalk, La camera verde, Rome 2009.

Marco Giovenale. Il Segno Meno

Dieter M. Gräf

Dieter M. Gräf (*1960, Ludwigshafen, Germany) has been living in Berlin since 2005. He has emerged as an author of artistic, lyrical texts. His many-voiced poems are based around the world. They take the reader to Turkey, India, Taipei, the Californian desert or Ground Zero in New York. Illustrious characters populate the pages of his books and you come across such diverse historical figures as Malcolm X, Mussolini, the archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the publisher Feltrinelli or even Pier Paolo Pasolini. An article about Gräf’s poetry in the "Frankfurter Rundschau" newspaper spoke of “complex textures” and of “high tension and verbal frictional heat”. The reviewer positioned the poet in German literary history as the Rolf Dieter Brinkmann’s legitimate successor.
Publications (a selection):
Rauschstudie: Vater und Sohn, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 1994.
Treibender Kopf, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 1997.
Westrand, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2002.
Buch Vier, Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt/Main 2008.
Dieter M. Gräf at ZVAB

Hendrik Jackson

Hendrik Jackson was born in Düsseldorf in 1971. His poems follow the traces of apparently unnoticed processes, making visible what perhaps only happens behind closed eyelids, in dream, memory and imagination. As well as working as a poet. essayist and translator, mainly from the Russian, Jackson edits the web portal www.lyrikkritik.de. He is also co-organiser of the literary series Parlandopark, where such writers as Marte Huke, Monika Rinck, Christian Filips and Steffen Popp have read and discussed their work.

Hendrik Jackson grew up in Münster (Westphalia) and studied Film Studies, Slavic Studies and Philsophy in Berlin, where he lives as a freelance writer and translator. His prizes include the Wolfgang Weyrauch Promotion Prize in 2005 and the Promotion Prize of the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize of the City of Bad Homburg in2008. 

Publications (a selection):

Im Innern der zerbrechenden Schale. Poetik und Pastichen (kookbooks 2007)
Dunkelströme. Gedichte (kookbooks 2006)
Im Licht der Prophezeiungen (kookbooks 2012)

Orsolya Kalász

Orsolya Kalász (*1964, Dunaújváros, Hungary) lives in Budapest and Berlin. She has been working as an author and translator since 1984. She is equally fluent in Hungarian and German. In her poems, Kalász plays with the idiomatic interferences of both languages and explores the possibilities of such a dialogue. Monika Rinck says that Kalász’s poems are evidence of “foreignness and the ability to live with this foreignness”. Particularly in her role as translator, she renders outstanding services to the exchange between Hungarian and German literature. Together with Gerhard Falkner she published the highly regarded anthology “Budapester Szenen”.
Publications (selection):
Babymonster und die Gärtner. Poetische Bögen: Heft XII, Connewitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig1997.
Budapester Szenen. Junge ungarische Lyrik, DuMont Verlag, Köln 1999.
Alles, was wird, will seinen Strauch, Gutleut Verlag, Frankfurt/Main 2007.
Naive Pflanze, Merz & Solitude, Stuttgart 2008.
Sandfuge: Gedichte, Merz & Solitude, Stuttgart 2009.
Orsolya Kalász at ZVAB

Sepp Mall

Sepp Mall (*1955, Graun, South Tyrol, Italy) lives and works in Merano, Italy. He has been writing poetry, prose, radio and theatre plays since 1971 and his work has been published in anthologies and journals.
He is a founding member of the South Tyrolean Authors’ Association (SAV) and is a member of the Graz Authors’ Assembly and IG Autoren (Vienna).
Sepp Mall’s poems initially appear as simple to understand and coherent in themselves, but there are dislocations between the words. Brackets and blurring diminish the voice, which makes it difficult to identify who is actually speaking. The reader suddenly hears sentences that no one has spoken. Mall reaches the reader by touching on the fundamental questions of human existence. According to the "Zürcher Zeitung", in doing so Mall is mostly interested in those moments in which “unresolved private matters come out into the open”.
Publications (a selection):
Läufer im Park. Poems, Haymon Verlag, Innsbruck 1992.
Verwachsene Wege, Haymon Verlag, Innsbruck 1993.
Brüder, Haymon Verlag, Innsbruck 1996.
Wundränder, Haymon Verlag, Innsbruck 2004.
Wo ist dein Haus, Haymon Verlag, Innsbruck 2007.
Sepp Mall at ZVAB

Bert Papenfuss

Bert Papenfuß-Gorek (*1956, Reuterstadt Stavenhagen, Germany) has been living in Berlin since 1976. He was the co-manager of the artists’ local “Kaffee Burger” from 1999 to 2009. His status as one of the most significant underground poets of the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin is still unquestioned today. He was only able to publish limited texts in the days of the GDR. Back then, he was one of the first poets to read his works at rock and punk concerts. Papenfuß is well known for his unique handling of idioms of different origins. He adopts an essentially playful approach to language, which is both subversive and powerful, in his mix of argot, cant, slam and slang - presented either as a pirate’s song or as deceptively simple doggerel. The “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” newspaper speaks of his work as a “poetic deconstruction of the established order of language”.
Publications (a selection):
tiské, Steidl, Göttingen 1990 + 1994.
nunft, Steidl, Göttingen 1992.
SBZ – Land und Leute, Druckhaus Galrev, Berlin 1998.
hetze, Gerhard Wolf Janus Press, Berlin 1998.
Haarbogensturz. Versuche über Staat und Welt, BasisDruck, Berlin 2001.
Astrachan. Alexander Krohn und Bert Papenfuß in Plauderton und Lokalismus, BasisDruck, Berlin 2003.
Ation Aganda: Gedichte 1982/1990, Urs Engeler Editor, Weil am Rhein und Wien 2008.
alle keine Namen: Gedichte und Texte, Kramer, Berlin 2009.
Bert Papenfuss at ZVAB

Lutz Seiler

Lutz Seiler (*1963, Gera, Thüringen, Germany) lives in the Peter Huchel House in Wilhelmshorst, near Berlin, where he directs the house’s literary programme. From 1994 to 1999, he co-published the literary journal Moosbrand. His books have been translated into numerous languages. He has figured among the most important German-language poets since the publication of his poetry collections "pech & blende" and "vierzig kilometer nacht". The "Frankfurter Rundschau" praised his “rare image-making art”. Harald Hartung speak of “beautiful and important poems” that stay with you. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" made similarities with the great authors Wolfgang Hilbig and Peter Huchel. With "Turksib" and "Die Zeitwaage", Lutz Seiler also made a name for himself as a prose author. His first prose collection won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2007.
Publications (a selection):
berührt/geführt, Oberbaum Verlag, Chemnitz 1995.
pech & blende, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt/Main 2000.
vierzig kilometer nacht, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2003.
Turksib.Zwei Erzählungen, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2008.
Die Zeitwaage, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2009.
Lutz Seiler at ZVAB

Sara Ventroni

Sara Ventroni (*1974, Rome, Italy) has taken part in many major national and international literary festivals. She won the first Italian poetry slam in 2001. She was a finalist for the Premio Antonio Delfini prize for her poetry collection "Nel Gasometro", which has been translated into numerous languages. Her texts are included in many anthologies (e.g. in “Europe speaks”, “Slam, antologia europea”, “Almanacco dello specchio”, “Bead on the tongue” and “Unique forms of continuity in space”). Her play "Salome (No Reply)" was published in 2005. She works for the "L’unità" newspaper. Literary critics in her homeland describe her as the most independent Italian artist of recent years.
Publications (a selection):
Clarissa e altre poesia, Nuovi Materiali, 1998.
Diario di viaggio-Acquatica, Il ponte Vecchio, 2000.
Salome, No Reply, Milan 2005.
Nel Gasometro, Le Lettere, Florence 2006.

Lello Voce

Lello Voce (*1957, Naples, Italy) lives and works in Treviso. He is a poet, performer and pioneer of the spoken word in Italy. He has an international reputation and has been a guest at literary festivals around the world. His poetry is a fusion of influences from sound poetry and hip-hop. He works regularly with musicians and video artists. Voce’s poems are based on the sound of the voice. At the same time, he defends in his work the view that “the rhythm of the voice and the depth of breath” do not fit together without “thought, criticism and form”. He describes his art as “post-sound poetry”. As he sees it, he is a political author who needs “cultural traditions and literary experiments” “in order to criticise the form of current language and to create a new one”.
Publications (a selection):
Singin` Napoli cantare, Ripostes, Salerno/Rome 1985.
Musa!, book and cassette, Mancosu Editore, Rome 1992.
I segni i suoni le cose, book and CD, Manni Editore, Lecce 1996.
Farfalle da combattimento, book and CD, Bompiani Editore, Milan 1999.
Cucarachas, DeriveApprodi, Rome 2002.
Lai, Edizioni d’if, Naples 2007.
Il Cristo elettrico, No Reply, Milan 2007.
L’esercizio della Lingua (Poesie, 1991 -2008), Le Lettere, Florence 2008.

LaiLento di Lello Voce (video di Verde - Rebotti)