Sujata Bhatt (b. 1956) grew up in Pune but emigrated with her family to the United States in 1968. She studied in the States receiving an MFA from the University of Iowa and went on to be writer-in-residence at the University of Victoria, Canada. More recently she was visiting fellow at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Bremen, Germany. Her first collection, Brunizem, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award.
Born in Dresden in 1939 in the former GDR (East Germany) Volker Braun worked as a labourer before becoming a dramatist and director at the Berliner Ensemble (with Brecht’s widow, Helene Weigel) and at the Deutsches Theater, also in Berlin. He is the author of numerous plays, volumes of fiction and essays, as well as ten volumes of poetry, most recently: Auf die schönen Possen (2005). Rubble Flora: Selected Poems, translated by David Constantine and Karen Leeder (Seagull Press) appeared in 2014.
Ulrike Draesner is the first writer in residence associated with New College, TORCH and Mediating Modern Poetry. She is in Oxford for the academic year 2016. She was born in 1962 in Munich and has been living in Berlin since 1996. She studied English literature, philosophy and German literature in Munich and Oxford (St John’s College, Balliol College) and was awarded her Ph.D. in 1992. She is a poet, a writer of long and short fiction and a translator of French and Anglo-American poetry.
Iain Galbraith’s poems have appeared in the TLS, Poetry Review, PN Review, Edinburgh Review, New Writing and many other journals and books. A winner of the John Dryden Translation Prize and the Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry Translation he is also the editor of five poetry anthologies, while his recent translated books include a selection of W.G. Sebald’s poetry, Across the Land and the Water (2011), John Burnside’s selected poems in German, Versuch über das Licht (2011), and Jan Wagner’s Self-portrait with a Swarm of Bees (2015).
Durs Grünbein is an award winning German poet. He has published numerous collections of poetry and essays in German, and has translated a variety of authors, including John Ashbery, Samuel Beckett, Henri Michaux, and classic texts from Aeschylus. His poems have been translated into English by Michael Hofmann and published in Ashes for Breakfast: Selected Poems (2005).
Michael Krüger was born in 1943 in Sachsen-Anhalt. After training as a printer and publisher in Munich and London he joined the Carl Hanser publishing house where he has worked since (from 1986 as the Director from 1995 also as Business Manager). Since 1981 he has been editor in chief of the influential Akzente magazine and has also translated many contemporary poets into German.
Karen Leeder is Professor of Modern German Literature and Fellow and Tutor in German at New College, Oxford. She is the founder of the Mediating Modern Poetry project which came out of an Oxford University TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in 2014-2015. Her research specialism is in modern and contemporary German literarture especially poetry (see her website for details http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/people/karen-leeder).
Alex Lloyd is Lecturer in German at the University of Oxford. Her main research interests are in twentieth-century literature and film, particularly memories of childhood, war, and dictatorship. She has published on contemporary women’s writing, German-language cinema, and the material culture of childhood.
Patrick McGuinness is a writer and translator and teaches French and Comparative Literature at St Annes College, Oxford. Poetry collections include The Canals of Mars Carcanet, 2004 and Jilted City Carcanet, 2010. Prose work incldues The Last Hundred Days, Seren, 2011 (nominated for the Man Booker Prize), Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory, Jonathan Cape, 2014 and Poetry and Radical Politics in Fin de Siecle France: From Anarchism to Action Francaise, OUP, 2015.
Paul Muldoon is one of Ireland's leading contemporary poets and professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, playwright, lyricist and translator.
Originally from Dundee, Scotland, Don Paterson has publsihed several volumes of poetry including Nil Nil (1993), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; God’s Gift to Women (1997) which won both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Landing Light (2003) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and an unprecedented second T.S. Eliot Prize; Rain.
Mediating Modern Poetry is proud to have worked with a large number of project partners: individual poets, translators, artists, musssicians, academics, festivals, schools, arts venues but especially with three organisations with whom we have collaborated seveal times over the last years:
Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT), Poet in the City and the Southbank Centre, London
See their feeback on the collaboration here
Ulrike Almut Sandig is an acclaimed German poet who was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and now lives in Berlin. She started publishing her poetry by pasting poems onto lamp posts in Leipzig and spreading them on flyers and free post cards. After completing her Magister in Religious Studies and Modern Indology, she subsequently graduated from the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig. Two prose books and four volumes of her poetry have been published to date.
Poet and novelist Evelyn Schlag is well known as one of Austria’s most distinctive writers. She has won a number of major prizes inclduing the Austrain Sate prize in 2015 and she has been invited internationally for major distinctions: she was, for example, the poet representing Austria in London’s Poetry Parnassus during the Olympic Games (2012), she judged the Dublin IMPAC award in 2012, and was awarded the Gastprofessur at the Institut für Sprachkunst in Vienna (2010-11).
Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001.
Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg, Germany, and lives in Berlin. He studied English and American studies at Hamburg University and at Trinity College Dublin. A literary critic and translator, he is the author of the poetry collections Probebohrung im Himmel (2001); Guerickes Sperling (2004); Achtzehn Pasteten (2007; Der Wald im Zimmer. Eine Harzreise.