Muenster International Poetry Prize ceremony and readings
The 2015 Prize of the City of Münster for International Poetry, the leading translation prize in Germany, was awarded to two new translations of my work: Gedichte und Übersetzen, tr. Versatorium and Peter Waterhouse (Vienna: Edition Korrespondenzen) and Angriff der Schwierigen Gedichte tr. Tobias Amslinger , Norbert Lange, Léonce W. Lupette and Mathias Traxler (based on All the Whiskey in Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010) (Wiesbaden, Germany: Lux Books). The Verstoarium collaborators included Judith Aistleitner, Katharine Apostle, Gabriella Attems, Aida Besirevic, Julia Dengg, Helmut Ege, Monique Ehmann, Nino Idoidze, Katharina Lehner, Astrid Nischkauer, Natalie Neumaier, Mirjam Paninski, Marlies Peter, Miriam Rainer, Julia Rosenkranz, Anja Sander, Katharina Schindl, Dimitri Smirnov, Nina-Victoria Truskawetz, Franz Vala, Jennifer Weiss, Katharina Widholm, Anna Zalesko, plus Waterhouse and me.
Since 1993, the city of Münster has awarded the poetry prize for a book of poetry and its translation. Prizewinners 2013 were the Caribbean Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and his German translator Werner von Koppenfels.
Münster Mayor Marcus Lewe with me at May 10 prize ceremony in Erbdrostenhof palace.
Photo © Petra Noppeney, Muenstersche-Zeitung
Waterhouse, Bernstein, Lange at reading on May 9. Photo © Robert Golinski.
The ceremony and reading took place on May 9 and 10 in Münster. On Saturday night, May 9, the 18 collaborators from Vienna and Germany joined me for a reading as the final event of the Lyrikfestival (featured picture). On Sunday the signing ceremony took place in treaty room of the Rathaus, the place where in 1648 the treaty of Westphalia was signed. We then went on for a reading and concert Erbdrostenhof palace. Münster mayor Markus Lewe presided at both events. After Münster, the Lux group went on to read in Essen, Dresden, and Berlin. Audio and video recordings of these readings are available from PennSouund.
Phot0 ©Thomas Mohn
Photo © Robert Golinsky
photo © Thomas Mohn
© Thomas Mohn (& below)
On May 9, there was a Versatorium workshop on Rosmarie Waldrop:
Photo © Robert Golinski.
Deadalus Verlag also published a book for the prize, with a wild array of translations/transcreations: