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

29 November 2019
Rome, Italy

Casa di Goethe
Via del Corso 18, 00186 Rom


Dan Coman

(* 1975) has published four books of poetry and three novels. He was awarded several important prizes. His poems have been translated into German, Swedish, French, English, Slovenian, Serbian, Hungarian and published in several literary magazines. (Romania)

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)

Laura Pugno

(* 1970) is an Italian poet, novelist and essayist. Since 2015 she is the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid. Her publications include several poetry collections, one essay and six novels, among them the awarded LA RAGAZZA SELVAGGIA (2016). (Italy)

Endre Ruset

(* 1981) is a Norwegian poet, radio host and literary critic. He has published six poetry collections and was awarded two scholarships and nominated for the Bastian Award for best translation of fiction in 2017. (Norway)

Maria Stepanova

(* 1972) is a poet, essayist and editor-in-chief of COLTA.RU, an independent crowd-funded online daily. Her latest work, the novel PAMIATI PAMIATI (“In Memory of Memory”) that blends memoir, documents, and essays into an epic narrative, received the Russian Big Book Prize in December 2018. (Russia)

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)