Jan Wagner/Germany, 1971
Jan Wagner (1971, Germany), poet, essayist, translator of Anglo-American poetry (Charles Simic, James Tate, Simon Armitage, Matthew Sweeney, Robin Robertson and many others), has published seven poetry collections since 2001, most recently Die Live Butterfly Show (2018). Regentonnenvariationen (“Rain Barrel Variations”), Wagner's sixth collection, won the Leipzig Bookfair Award in 2015; Hanser Verlag published his Selected Poems 2001–2015 in Spring 2016. Wagner’s poetry has been translated into more than 30 languages. A selection in English (Self-Portrait With a Swarm of Bees. Selected Poems, translated by Iain Galbraith) was published in 2015 by Arc, UK; another English selection, translated by David Keplinger, came out in 2017 with Milkweed Editions, USA, under the title The Art of Topiary. Selected Poems. Wagner has received various scholarships and awards, among them the Anna Seghers Award (2004), the Friedrich Hölderlin Award (2011), the Zhongkun International Poetry Prize (2017) and the Georg Büchner Prize (2017). He is a member of the German Academy of Language and Literature.