Georg-Büchner-Preis

Established by the then People's State of Hesse to recognise poets, artists, actors and singers, the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« was first awarded on 11 August 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the »Büchner-Preis« has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature. It is granted to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German cultural life.« (Academy charter)
The »Georg-Büchner-Preis« is awarded annually during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The prize comes with a €50,000 award.

Awardees

Sarah Kirsch

Sarah Kirsch

Writer
Born 16/4/1935
Deceased 5/5/2013
Member since 1978

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1996
Laudatory Address by Rolf Michaelis
Acceptance Speech by Sarah Kirsch
Diploma

Sarah Kirsch, Poetin der Schönheit und Bedrohtheit des Lebens, »Erlkönigs Tochter«, die in ihren Gedichten die Genauigkeit des Blicks mit der beflügelten Kraft des Wünschens verbindet...

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Christian Meier
Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Herman Dieter Betz (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst), Giuseppe Bevilacqua, Elisabeth Borchers, Kurt Flasch, Peter Hamm, Norbert Miller, Adolf Muschg, Erica Pedretti, Klaus Reichert