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Dates: 1 – 22 June 2023
Level: Established

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday 6th December 11.59pm

Every summer for one week, Berlin is transformed into a multitude of event spaces for poetry. More than 150 poets and artists from all over the world come together at poesiefestival berlin to present their work and the diversity of international contemporary poetry.

This three-week residency taking place in June 2023 will immerse the selected poet in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant and creative cities in the lead-up to the festival and will engage them in a number of professional development opportunities with Haus für Poesie, Germany’s premier literature organisation. The poet will be invited to take part in pop-up street performances, facilitate writing sessions for young writers (16 – 24 year-olds), and take the stage at poesiefestival on the same bill as some of the world’s biggest names in poetry. It is anticipated that there will be an opportunity for the Irish poet to record some of their work for Lyrikline and possibly have their work translated into German over the course of the residency.

The poet will have their flights to and accommodation in Berlin covered, and they will be provided with a writing space to work on a current project. The poet will also receive a bursary of €2,000 to enable them to fully engage with Haus für Poesie and the poesiefestival.

This residency is aimed at writers with at least one published pamphlet or collection, who can demonstrate professional experience performing on large-scale stages, ideally in a spoken word context. The ideal candidate for this residency will have some experience taking a creative approach in working with young writers (16 – 24 years old) and will ideally have teaching experience in community-based workshops. This residency would best suit a politically engaged writer who can demonstrate sensitivity towards and knowledge of current political topics and social discourses, as these themes will play an important role in the 2023 poesiefestival.

About poesiefestival berlin

Poetry has long sought out other forms of presentation besides the page or the conventional literary stage. At poesiefestival berlin, poets collaborate and experiment with artists from music, theatre, performance, dance, film and digital media. In 2023, our focus will be on collaborative works between poetry and music as well as forms of political poetry and Spoken Word.

poesiefestival berlin brings poetry to life in multiple forms and not least produces a yearly wealth of translations from dozens of languages. Our headliner event, Weltklang (world:sound), brings together renowned poets from around the world – in the past these have included Laurie Anderson, Derek Walcott, Serhij Zhadan, Eileen Myles, Friederike Mayröcker, Claudia Rankine and many others. In 2023, the annual Berliner Rede zur Poesie (Berlin Poetry Lecture) will be given by South Korean poet Kim Hyesoon and a night of political spoken word will include spoken word artists with a focus on societal change.

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