Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence Fall 2019

Nora Gomringer

Nora Gomringer, Swiss and German, lives in Bamberg, where she is director of Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia. She was born in 1980 in Neunkirchen/Saar and grew up in the countryside of Upper Franconia. After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania in 1998, she took her Abitur in Bamberg in 2000, where she went on to study German, English, and History of Art. She has been a published poet since 2000, and performs both readings and musical collaborations. Her work has spread to radio, TV, and the Internet, she is a regular columnist in print and radio. Her YouTube channel shows her works in film; her Facebook and Instagram accounts show the author as poeta activa in many situations and phases of work. She’d be happy for you to click there. She has been honored for her work with the Jacob Grimm Prize for German Language (2011) and the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (2015), as well as numerous international residency scholarships.


Since 2016, she has performed regularly with jazz drummer Philipp Scholz, presenting the duo’s program Peng Peng Peng, and the Dorothy Parker homage Peng Peng Parker. Their shared paths led them to Japan, where they were able to take advantage of a 3-month residence in 2016, and where Nora Gomringer’s last volume of poetry „MODEN“ (2017, Voland & Quist) was written. All her books – she has to date published 9 volumes of poetry and 2 of essays, as well as editing numerous works – are collaborations with esteemed visual artists and graphic artists. She is keen to actively cite her numerous translators, and she is committed to fostering greater appreciation for this greatest of all arts.

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