time periodAugust 2020 - August 2020
Andra Schwarz was born in 1982 in Oberlausitz and now lives in Leipzig. From 2013 - 2017 she studied at the German Institute for Literature and won the literary prize at open mike in 2015 and the Leonce-und-Lena prize of the Literary March in Darmstadt in 2017. In autumn 2017 her debut "Am morgen sind wir aus glas" [In the morning we are made of glass] was published in the series "Neue Lyrik" by Poetenladen. The English translation by Caroline Wilcox-Reul will be published by Zephyr-Press in 2021. She won stipends from the Berlin Senate, the Cultural Foundation of the Land of Saxony and the Goethe Institute Prague. Her poems are translated into Serbian, Belarussian, and American English.
During the resideny I will be working on the manuscript of the second poetry collection. It deals with the motif of transformation as a consequence of metaphorically speaking. More precisely it deals with the transmission of an image from one semantic context to another, which enables new semantic incidences and surprising image sequences. In this process, mythological visual worlds are being transformed into contemporary imaginery worlds, in order to explore visualizations and to use these creatively for poetry. It is a microscopic arrangement and analysis of the present in times of self-isolation and self-restreint - a kind of self-experiment with unknown outcome.