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

18 March 2020
Gdansk, Poland

European Poet of Freedom-Festival


Tomica Bajsić

(* 1968) is a poet, artist and translator awarded with important national prizes for poetry and translated to many languages. He currently is the president of the Croatian PEN and coordinator of Lyrikline. Bajsić published poetry, travel prose and illustrated books and exhibited photographs of Amazonia in various museums. (Croatia)

Ben Clark

Ben Clark (* 1984) is a Spanish poet and translator. Two of his most significant books are LOS HIJOS DE LOS HIJOS DE LA IRA, winner of the Hiperión Prize in 2006, and LA POLICÍA CELESTE which received the international Loewe Poetry Prize 2017, the most prestigious award for an unpublished poetry collection in Spanish language. (Spain)

Julia Fiedorczuk

(* 1975) is poet, fiction writer, translator and lecturer in American Literature at Warsaw University. She has published six volumes of poetry, two novels, a collection of short stories and essays on poetry and ecology. Her most recent book, PSALMY (2017) received the prestigious Wisława Szymborska Prize. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. (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)

Gonca Özmen

(* 1982) is one of the editors of the literary magazine Çevrimdışı Istanbul and member of the advisory boards of Bursa Nilüfer International Poetry Festival and the yearbook Turkish Poetry Today (Red Hand Books, UK). Her first poetry collection “Kuytumda” (“In My Nook”, 2000) won the Orhon Murat Arıburnu Poetry Prize and the Berna Moran Poetry Prize. Her second poetry collection “Belki Sessiz” (“Maybe Silent”) appeared in 2008 and was also translated into German. (Turkey)

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)