Jan Wagner wins the Büchner Prize

The German poet and translator, Jan Wagner, has won Germany’s most prestigious poetry award, the Georg Büchner Prize. The €50,000 literary prize is awarded annually by the German Academy for Language and Literature to authors “writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German cultural life.”

Jan Wagner has published many collections of poetry in German, as well as translating poets from English including Charles Simic, Matthew Sweeney and James Tate. His book Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees (Arc), translated into English by Iain Galbraith, won The Poetry Society’s Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize in 2015.

In 2017, Jan Wagner delivered The Poetry Society’s Annual Lecture at events in Oxford, Liverpool and London. The lecture ‘The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others’ has just been released as a video, filmed at the event in Oxford on 20 February 2017. You can also read the text in full by purchasing the spring 2017 edition of The Poetry Review.


First published 20 June 2017