One is a CROWD – Ulrich Schlotmann

Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who will be involved in the CROWD omnibus reading tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who will be travelling through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Berlin looks like, meet Ulrich Schlotmann!

Who are you as a poet/writer/author/artist?

Who am I not?

What kind of literary tradition, authors or concepts have you found inspirational for your work?

All modern and avantgarde authors of the 20th century, well not all…

Please name several contemporary authors who you think are most significant – in any possible sense – and why?

“in any possible sense” – let me think about it…

What do you think about the current state of the relationship between the author and the reader? Is there a mentionable shift in that relationship through New media as in terms of being alienated on the one hand or being enlivend on the other hand?

If you think about or even interact with “the reader”, then something might be rotten in the state of Denmark – word!

There always have been interactions and disputes between the discourses of poetry and politics. Do you see possibilities of emancipatory strategies concerning contemporary interactions between poetic and political discourses and agendas? How can/should/do these literary strategies look like?

There are a lot of other more or less effective strategies of interaction, like blogging for example. Literary ones probably work best in the long run – one could think.

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