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 – 8 June 2019
Belgrade, Serbia

Festival Krokodil
43 Karađorđeva st., 11000 Belgrade, Serbia


Maria Barnas

(* 1973) is a Dutch poet and visual artist. Her latest novel ALTIJD AUGUSTUS (“Always August”) was published in 2017 and her collection of poems NACHTBOOT (“Night boat”) in 2018. Her work was awarded the C. Buddingh Prize and the J. C. Bloem Poetry Prize. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. (Netherlands)

Anja Golob

(* 1976) is a poet and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the publishing house VigeVageKnjige. She works also as a translator and dramaturg. She published three poetry collections in Slovene, the second and third was awarded the Jenko Prize for best Slovene poetry book in the past two years. (Slovenia)

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)

Patrick McGuinness

(* 1968) lives in Wales and Oxford, where he is Professor of French. He is the author of two books of poems, two novels and a memoir. His first novel, THE LAST HUNDRED DAYS, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011, and his memoir, OTHER PEOPLE'S COUNTRIES, won the Duff Cooper Prize. His new novel, THROW ME TO THE WOLVES, will be published in April 2019. (Great Britain)

Ana Ristović

(* 1972) has been published nine books of poetry and received many prizes including German Hubert Burda Preis, Disova nagrada and Desanka Maksimović Prize. She was fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program 2018/19. Her books have been translated into many languages. (Serbia)

Gabor Schein

(* 1969) is a Hungarian poet, writer and critic. He is a professor of Eötvös Lóránd University Budapest. He is the author of several poetry collections, novels and theatre plays. His work has been awarded several important national awards. His books have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Bulgarian and Serbian. (Hungary)

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)