Zehra Çırak (1960, Germany)was born in Istanbul. She moved to Germany in 1963 and was raised in Karlsruhe. From 1982 she resides and works in Berlin. After first publishing her poetry in various literary magazines, her debut collection of poetry, Flugfänger, came out in 1987. In addition to other accolades, she recived the Friedrich Hölderlin Most Promisting Young Author Award in 1993, the Adelbert von Chamisso Award in 2001 and the Poetry Award of Amistade Multietnica Poeta Anima Istranza, Olbia in 2005. In her work, Zehra Çırakfocuses on combining written and visual arts. Her poetry is accompanied by sculptures and artistic objects by artist Jürgen Walter, with whom she has appeared at home and abroad.
Zehra Çırak is coming to Days of Poetry and Wine through European poetry platform Versopolis.
Born 1938 in Scherbad (Eifel) in what was then East Berlin. Since 1966 Erb has worked primarily as a poet, writer, translator, literary critic and essayist. Since 1974 she has been translating Russian authors such as Marina Cvetajeva, Aleksander Puškin, Aleksander Blok, Sergej Jesenin, Boris Pasternak, Ana Ahmatova and Olga Martinova. Her first collection of poetry was Gutachen of 1975, followed by Einer schreit: Nicht! (1976), De Faden der Geduld (1978), and Trost (1982). In 1998 Erb won the Peter-Huchel Preis for her collection Kastanienallee, which was followed by numerous other awards.
Born in Munich in 1972. From 1993 to 1998, he studied contemporary German literature, general rhetoric and philosophy in Tübingen. His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. In 2006, Bleutge published his debut collection of poetry Klare Konturen (Clear Contours). Since 2001, he has been working as a freelance literary critic, writing for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tagesspiegel and Stuttgarter Zeitung. He currently resides in Berlin.