Artists 2016: VERSschmuggel / reVERSible: Hebrew – German

Nico Bleutge

Nico Bleutge

Nico Bleutge (born in Munich in 1972) is a poet, essayist and literary critic. He studied Modern German Literature, General Rhetorics and Philosophy in Tubingen and teaches at the Literature and Theatre Studio at the University of Tübingen and at the Bavarian Writing Academy. In Nico Bleutge’s poems landscape is a terrain of memory which he explores with eyes, ears and fingertips, dissolves into its material elements and as it were reconstitutes in a complex sound fabric of language. He has received many awards for his work, including the 2012 Erich Fried Prize and the 2014 Christian Wagner Prize.

Publications (selection):
verdecktes gelände. Gedichte. C.H. Beck 2013
fischhaare finden. Zu Papierschnitten von Max Marek. Edition Sutstein 2012
Wasser. Opernlibretto. Edition Peters 2012
fallstreifen. Gedichte. C.H. Beck 2008
klare konturen. Gedichte. C.H. Beck 2006

Yael Globerman

Yael Globerman (c) Shlomit Carmeli

Yael Globerman (born in Tel Aviv in 1960) studied art and film in Den Haag and Tel Aviv. She lived in the USA for many years and since 2014 has been the Director of the Helicon School of Poetry. She writes prose, short prose and poetry and has translated such poets as W.H. Auden and Anne Sexton into Hebrew. Water carrying people away and redeeming land are recurring images in her poems. She received the ACUM Award for Poetry for her poetry debut, Alibi. Same River Twice was also greeted with great acclaim by the public. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2008.

Publications in Hebrew (selection):
Same River Twice. Helicon Press 2007
Higher and Lower. Helicon Press 2006
Alibi. Helicon Press 2000
Shaking the Tree.Kinneret Press 1996

Eli Eliahu

Eli Eliahu (c) Shlomit Carmeli

Eli Eliahu (born in Tel Aviv in 1969) studied Jewish Philosophy and Hebrew Literature. He is the editor of the newspaper Haaretz and writes for it on literary and cultural subjects. In his poems, everyday experiences and struggles point to the ‘big idea’ behind them, and Eliahu is constantly exploring the tension between what is visible and what is concealed, starting from the words themselves and their sound and rhythm and their meaning in different contexts. His poetry collection I, and not an angel was awarded the Education and Culture Ministry Prize for Debut Books. In 2013 he received the Matanel Prize for Jewish Poetry, and in 2014 the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature.

Publications in Hebrew (selection):
City and fears. Am-Oved Publishers 2011
I, and not an angel. Helicon Press 2008

Martina Hefter

Martina Hefter

Martina Hefter (born in Pfronten, Allgäu in 1965) is a poet, dancer and performance artist. She studied contemporary dance in Berlin and literary writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. As well as her literary work, she engages in projects which combine language and movement, most recently in the performance installation Writing Ghosts in the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin in 2015. In 2005 she was awarded the promotion prize for the Saxony Lessing Prize and a Hermann Lenz fellowship, in 2006 the London fellowship of the German Literature Fund and in 2008 the Meran Poetry Prize.

Publications (selection):
Ungeheuer. Plays and Poems. kookbooks 2016
Vom Gehen und Stehen. Ein Handbuch. kookbooks 2013
Nach den Diskotheken. Poems. kookbooks 2010
Die Küsten der Berge. Novel. Wallstein Verlag 2008
Zurück auf Los. Roman. Wallstein Verlag 2005
Junge Hunde. Roman. Alexander Fest Verlag 2001

Gilad Meiri

Gilad Meiri

Gilad Meiri (born in Jerusalem in 1965) gained his PhD with a thesis on Poetry as Parody: Aspects of Laughter, Modernism and Postmodernism in David Avidan’s Poetry. He is co-founder and director of the poetry centre The Poetry Place ( and director of One Square Meter. Jerusalem Poetry Festival. Meiri has described his poetics at Poetry International as “nano-poetics”: In his poems there are untidy living rooms, zips rattling in washing machines and the contents of family picnic baskets. Everyday life becomes a surface for reflecting on subjects such as family, history, violence or the relationship between the Israelis of today and Jewish history. Gilad Meiri was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2008 and in 2012 the ACUM Award for Poetry.

Publications in Hebrew (selection):
Released With Restrictive Conditions. KeshevLeShira 2014
Advanced Search.Carmel 2010
Ketovet (anthology). Even Hoshen 2008
The Citizen’s Story Office. Carmel 2008
Tremors In Jelly. Carmel 2006
Organic Paganic. Carmel 2003

Efrat Mishori

Efrat Mishori (c) Shlomit Carmeli

Efrat Mishori (born in Tiberias, Israel in 1964) is a poet and essayist. In her texts she dissects everyday situations into their component parts and reassembles them in unexpected formations, enabling her to gain a fresh view of what seems familiar. In 1997 she composed the one-woman show I am the Model of Poetry, which includes elements of pop music and Spoken Word performance, and in which she describes herself as an “anti-poetry” poet in a love relationship with language. Her first short film, V, which she made with Dana Goldberg, was shown at the 2014 Haifa International Film Festival. In 2001 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature, and in 2009 a Fulbright scholarship.

Publications in Hebrew (selection):
The Poemian Rhapsody. Ha-kibbutz ha-meuchad 2013
Sign & sigh. 2008
The Physical Mouth. Ha-kibbutz ha-meuchad 2002
Bites of Small Fish. Even Hoshen 1999
As Far As Efrat. Ha-kibbutz ha-meuchad 1996
Efrat Mishori. Poems 1990–1994. Hotza’a ’atzmit 1994

Marion Poschmann

Marion Poschmann (c) Frank Mädler

Marion Poschmann (born in Essen in 1969) studied German, Philosophy and Slavic Studies. Her collection Geliehene Landschaften was shortlisted for the 2016 Leipzig Book Fair Prize. In it she combines essayistic consideration and poetic exploration in a walk through gardens in Europe, America and East Asia. City parks become landscapes from the Beyond, public green spaces become utopian places. Marion Poschmann has received many awards for her work including the Villa Massimo fellowship, the Peter Huchel Prize, the Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize and, most recently, the 2015 Thomas Kling Lectureship in Poetics.

Publications (selection):
Geliehene Landschaften. Lehrgedichte und Elegien. Suhrkamp 2016
Mondbetrachtung in mondloser Nacht. Über Dichtung. Suhrkamp 2016
Die Sonnenposition. Novel. Suhrkamp 2013
Geistersehen. Poems. Suhrkamp 2010
Hundenovelle. Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt 2008
Schwarzweißroman. Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt 2005
Grund zu Schafen. Poems. Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt 2004
Verschlossene Kammern. Poems. Zu Klampen 2002

Hans Thill

Hans Thill (c) Ute Schendel

Hans Thill (born in Baden-Baden in 1954) is a poet, co-founder of the Wunderhorn Verlag publishing firm and director of the Edenkoben Artists’ House. He initiated the Poesie der Nachbarn (Poetry of the Neighbours) translation workshop and has himself translated such writers as Guillaume Apollinaire, Yvan Goll, Abdelwahab Meddeb and Assia Djebar from French. He has edited several anthologies of contemporary German-language poetry with Michael Braun, and, with Gregor Laschen, anthologies of English, Russian, Swiss and Ukrainian poetry. His poems play with multiple meanings and associations, are linguistically playful and surrealistic. In 2004 Hans Thill received the Peter Huchel Prize. He was awarded the Lectureship in Poetics at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2012 and at the University of Mainz in 2013.

Publications (selection):
in riso/der dürre Vogel Bin/kälter als/ Dunlop. Urs Engeler 2016
Ratgeber für Zeugleute. Brueterich Press 2015
Das Buch der Dörfer. Matthes & Seitz 2014
Museum der Ungeduld. Poems. Wunderhorn 2010
Kühle Religionen. Poems. Wunderhorn 2003

Ron Winkler

Ron Winkler (c) gezett

Ron Winkler (born in Jena in 1973) is a poet and translator and has edited many anthologies. He co-founded the magazine intendenzen and is an editor of the online magazines and Lyrik.log. In his poems he deconstructs apparently idyllic landscapes with the language of the natural sciences, allowing dry terms to enter into combinations with intimate sensuality. He was awarded the 2005 Leonce and Lena Prize and the 2006 Mondseer Poetry Prize, and, more recently, the 2015 Munich Poetry Prize and the 2016 Basle Poetry Prize.

Publications (selection):
Zuwendung in Zeichen. Postcards. SuKuLTuR 2014
Torp. Neue Wimpern. Verlagshaus J.Frank, now Verlagshaus Berlin 2013
Prachtvolle Mitternacht. Poems. Schöffling 2013
Torp. Kurznovellen. Verlagshaus J.Frank, now Verlagshaus Berlin 2010
Frenetische Stille. Poems. Berlin Verlag 2010
Fragmentierte Gewässer. Poems. Berlin Verlag 2007
vereinzelt Passanten. Poems. kookbooks 2004 und 2007

Nurit Zarchi

Nurit Zarchi

Nurit Zarchi (born in Jerusalem in 1941) studied Psychology, Literature and Philosophy in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. She is one of Israel’s best known authors of children’s books, and as well as working as a journalist and essayist she writes prose and poetry. Nurit Zarchi’s poems tell stories and fables in strongly associative language which always incorporates several layers of meaning. She has received all the important prizes for children’s literature and has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature twice for her literary work.

Publications in Hebrew (selection):
The Floor Is Shaking. Yedioth Ahronoth 2003
The Ceiling Flew Up. Helicon Press 2001
Games of Loneliness. Yedioth Ahronoth 1999
Hypnodrom Hotel.Tag/Helicon Press 1998
Village of the Spirits. Zmora-Bitan 1994
The Garden of the Brain. Zmora-Bitan 1988
The Fish. Zmora-Bitan 1987