Durs Grünbein/Germany, 1962
Durs Grünbein (1962, Germany), a poet, essayist and translator, worked as a freelancer for various magazines after he broke off studying theater studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He was a guest of the German Departments at the New York University, Dartmouth, and the Villa Aurora in L.A. He is a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, the German Academy for Language and Literature, the Free Academy of Arts in Hamburg, the Free Academy of Arts in Leipzig, and the Saxon Academy of Arts. He has been professor of poetics at the Düsseldorf Art Academy since 2005 and a member of the “Pour le mérite” order for science and the arts in Berlin since 2008. He authored or translated over 40 books and has received several awards for his work.