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

24 January 2020
Cologne, Germany

Poetica 6


Tadeusz Dąbrowski

(* 1979) is a poet, novelist, essayist, critic and editor of the literary magazine Topos. He has published seven volumes of poetry translated into 20 languages. He has received numerous major national and international literary awards and scholarships and writes for Polish and German and English language newspapers and magazines. Tadeusz Dąbrowski is also Artistic Director of the Gdańsk Poetry Festival European Poet of Freedom. (Poland)

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)

Erik Lindner

(* 1968) is a Dutch poet and editor of the literary magazine Terras. He has published six volumes of poetry, the most recent ZOG (“Wake”/”Sog”) in 2018. In 2013 his first novel appeared, NAAR WHITEBRIDGE (“To Whitebridge”). In 2013 his German collection NACH AKEDIA appeared with Matthes & Seitz. In French and Italian he published several collections of poetry. Erik Lindner lives as a freelance writer in Amsterdam. (Netherlands)

Luljeta Lleshanaku

(* 1968) is an Albanian poet. She is the author of eight poetry collections in her language and thirteen other collections in translation published in USA , UK, Austria, Poland, France, Spain, Italy, etc. Her work has been awarded several important national and international awards. (Albania)

Helen Mort

(* 1985) is a British poet and five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Competition. She has received numerous other awards and was nominated for the Costa Poetry Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize and the East Midlands Book Award. In 2018 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her first novel „Black Car Burning“ was published by Random House in April 2019. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, writes creative non fiction and also works as an editor. (United Kingdom)

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)