Judith Zander

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Judith Zander

Judith Zander was born in Anklam, a town in the Western Pomeranian region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, in 1980 and now lives in Berlin. She studied German Literature, English Literature, as well as Medieval and Modern History in Greifswald. She subsequently studied at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut (German Institute for Literature) in Leipzig. In addition to writing poetry and prose, she translates English literature and is currently translating an early collection of poems by Sylvia Plath. Judith Zander has received numerous awards for her work, including the poetry prize at the “Open Mike” (Literaturwerkstatt Berlin) in 2007 and the Wolfgang-Weyrauch-Förderpreis in 2009. Her first novel, Dinge, die wir heute sagten, appeared in 2010 and was awarded the Sinecure Landsdorf prize. It was also nominated for the Deutscher Buchpreis (shortlist). Her first collection of poetry, oder tau, appeared in 2012.

She's also a member of PEN in Germany.


albeit in the small hours behind sailor hill
the landscape interpreted and read
in this area bar code
of the ditches silver multipliers casual
ancestors of low voltage the livestock
comme il faut like
with glooming landscapes pre-artist colonial as
ever the choice
between two heavenly products one
halo humble cumili
a further horizon


half past three minus five
degrees my hair is a
city grass windswept I
am in the dregs
of the night are the trams non-
existent dragons
on the piles
of eyes crystals
form in the head
virtiginous sighs like
with ice when it secretly shifts