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

7 May 2019
Brussels, Belgium

7 pm

Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union


Justyna Bargielska

(* 1977) is a Polish poet, prose writer and playwright. Twice she received the Gdynia Literature Prize and was nominated for numerous other literary prizes, among others twice for the NIKE Prize. She was the first Polish winner of the Albrecht Lempp Fellowship to attend the Literary Colloquium in Berlin in August 2013. She lives in Warsaw.

Nora Bossong

(* 1982) writes lyrics, novels and essays, for which she has received several awards, including the Peter Huchel Prize, the Berlin Art Prize and the Roswitha Prize. Her recent works include the reportage ROTLICHT (“Red light”, 2017) and the poem collection KREUZZUG MIT HUND (“Crusade with a dog”, 2018). (Germany)

Frédéric Forte

(*1973) is a French poet living in Paris. He has been a member of the well-known Oulipo (“Workshop of Potential Literature”) since 2005. He has published 9 collections of poetry and several chapbooks, some of which have been translated into English and German. (France)

Massimo Gezzi

(* 1976) is a poet, critic, editor and teacher. He has published four collections of poetry and has been awarded several Italian and Swiss prizes, like Carducci Prize and Swiss Literature Award. His work has been translated into many languages. He lives in Switzerland, teaching in a high school. (Italy)

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)