Jan Wagner

Jan Wagner, born 1971 in Hamburg, poet, translator (Charles Simic, James Tate, Simon Armitage, Matthew Sweeney, Robin Robertson), and literary critic. He has published four poetry collections, most recently Achtzehn Pasteten (“Eighteen Pies”, 2007) and Australien (2010), all with Berlin Verlag, and co-edited the comprehensive anthology of young German language poetry Lyrik von Jetzt („Poetry of Now“, 2003). A selection of essays, Die Sandale des Propheten (“The Prophet’s Sandal”) was published 2011. For his poetry, which has been translated into thirty languages, he has received scholarships (most recently 2011 in the German Academy in Rome) and awards, among them the Anna-Seghers-Award (2004), the Ernst-Meister-Award (2005), the Wilhelm-Lehmann-Award (2009), Tübingen‘s Friedrich-Hölderlin-Award (2011) and the Kranichstein Award (2011). He lives in Berlin.