Europe in Poems - Grand Tour

Europe is alive and well - maybe not so much as regards its difficult politics, but all the more as a continent with a young and incredibly lively poetry scene. Witness the new anthology "Grand Tour". Jan Wagner and Federico Italiano have collected the polyphony of this lyrical cosmos. Now they are embarking on a journey to visit twelve literary places. They will conduct readings and discussions there witz many poets represented in "Grand Tour".

This is what it looks like when you connect the places of the "Grand Tour". You start in Frankfurt and Brussels in the west, then drive southeast to Vienna, up to Berlin, and then back down to Belgrade... criss-cross Europe
Grand Tour
A Journey Through the Young Poetry of Europe
On behalf of the German Academy for Language and Literature
edidet by Federico Italiano and Jan Wagner
Carl Hanser Verlag

Europe in Poems – Grand Tour
funded by German Federal Cultural Foundation

Kulturstiftung des Bundes

9 March 2019
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Fokus Lyrik
8 pm
As part of the event »Teleportation. Bewegung im Raum«
jugend-kultur-kirche sankt peter, Bleichstrasse 33, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

Funded by:
Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Flanders Literature


Paul Bogaert

(* 1968) lives in Leuven, where he studied linguistics and literature. For his volumes of poetry, he has received numerous awards, including the most important poetry award in Flanders. He is considered a pioneer of the so-called post-postmodern generation of Flemish poets, which emerged in the second half of the nineties. He works in Brussels as an editor. (Belgium)

Federico Italiano

(* 1976 in Italy) is a poet, translator, publisher, essayist, literary critic and editor. He works as senior researcher at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Vienna and teaches general and comparative literature at the University of Munich (LMU). Together with his German colleague Jan Wagner, he is editor of the anthology GRAND TOUR. A VOYAGE THROUGH THE YOUNG EUROPEAN POETRY (2019). (Italy)

Nikola Madzirov

(* 1973) is a poet, essayist and translator. His poetry is translated into over thirty languages. He is author of several poetry collections and his work has been awarded several important national and international awards and writer’s fellowships. (Macedonia)

Valzhyna Mort

(* 1981) is the author of FACTORY OF TEARS and COLLECTED BODY (Copper Canyon Press). Born in Minsk, Belarus, she teaches at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and writes in English and Belarusian. (USA / Belarus)

Jan Wagner

(* 1971) is a poet, translator of English poetry, essayist and critic. He received numerous scholarships and awards for his work, most recently the Georg Büchner Prize (2017). Together with his Italian colleague Federico Italiano, he is editor of the anthology GRAND TOUR. A VOYAGE THROUGH THE YOUNG EUROPEAN POETRY (2019). Jan Wagner is a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung and other academies and lives in Berlin. (Germany)