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

15 May 2019
Vienna, Austria

7 pm
Alte Schmiede, Schönlaterngasse 9, 1010 Wien



Christoph W. Bauer

(* 1968) is an Austrian poet and writer. He has published several volumes of poetry as well as short stories and novels, translated et al. into English and French. He has received several awards for his work. (Austria)

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)

Riina Katajavuori

(* 1968) has written poetry collections, novels, short stories, radio plays, song lyrics, and children’s books. She has participated in poetry translation workshops, and appeared in literary events e.g. in Siberia, Canada, and Japan. Her poetry has been translated into almost 30 languages. (Finland)

Valérie Rouzeau

(* 1967) has published 14 poetry titles in her native French language some of which have been awarded with prestigious literary prizes. She has also published volumes translated from Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams, Ted Hughes et al. She has been the editor of a little review of poetry for children, and lives mainly by her pen through public readings, poetry workshops in schools, radio broadcasts and translation. (France)

Andrei Sen-Senkov

(* 1968) studied medicine at the Yaroslavl State Medical Academy. He is the author of 14 books of poetry and prose and countless journal publications, as well as solo and collaborative publications/performances involving visual poetry and experimental music. Sen-Senkov's work has been translated into 25 languages and has received several awards. He lives in Moscow. (Russia)