(*1965 in Greifswald) is a Berlin based writer, poet and activist who started in the 80ies as a singer-songwriter in the oppositional underground of Leipzig.
His texts were banned by the STASI but nevertheless his songs and poems became popular during the Leipzig “monday demonstrations” in 1989 that led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the GDR.
After 1989 he published poetry books, tales and short stories, essays, nonfiction on culture and a novel. His works were translated into 14 languages and got awards like the annual German Literary Science and Philosophy Prize (1998) or the Alfred Doeblin Scholarship of the German Academy of Arts (2006).
He is a regular guest at international festivals and universities. As a cultural activist he hosts several regular literary salons, directs festivals and art projects, curates international culture projects and chairs the literary association Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V.
The Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. is a cultural non-profit organisation that is accredited by the German state. Our basic motivation is the “non-commercial” idea of LITERATURE AS A SOCIAL POWER that shapes our societies with the energy of knowledge and myths. We promote contemporary literature as a base of international communication and cooperation by supporting and presenting authors who advance the spirit of democracy and human rights, freedom of speech, mutual tolerance and freedom of art. We promote interaction between different arts, countries and cultures. We regularly organise intercultural events such as salons, multilingual workshops, research projects, publications, festivals, exhibitions, seminars and much more. www.berliner-literarische-aktion.de
⟶ more details see engl. wikipedia HERE.
⟶ some examples of our diverse projects (between west-papua in the very east and santiago de chile in the very west) see also here in german, and HERE in english language. links to some internet media material see HERE.