Oswald Egger was born in Lana/South Tyrol in 1963. His prose and poems have been translated into several languages and have received numerous awards. Among others, he received the Peter Huchel Prize in 2007 and the Georg Trakl Prize for Poetry in 2017. Since 2011 he has been Professor of
Language and Form at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. Egger lives and works at the Raketenstation Hombroich in Neuss.
The Arab-Jewish writer Mati Shemoelof has lived in Berlin for several years. In Israel, he has published several volumes of poetry, a collection of short stories, a volume of essays and a novel. His poetry collection "Das kleine Boot in meiner Hand nenn ich Narbe" was published by Parasitenpresse in April 2023. Shemoelof will read his poems in Hebrew as part of the "Kunstkiosk". Gundula Schiffer, who has translated his poetry into German, will read them in German.
The "Kunstkiosk" series
Since last year, Düsseldorf writer and artist Vera Vorneweg has been curating a series with authors of concrete and visual poetry under the title Kunstkiosk. Concrete poetry texts break with conventional syntax and detach words from their hierarchical sentence structure. The approach to language is a playful one. Since this year, Vorneweg has also been inviting poets to present poems in their native language. These poems are translated into German and also recited. "I find it very appealing to hear poems in a language that you don't understand," says Vera Vorneweg. It gives you the opportunity to concentrate on aspects such as melody, sound or rhythm. "The sound of words and melody play a major role in the concept of concrete poetry in particular. That's why the multilingual expansion fits in perfectly with the Kunstkiosk concept." The readings will be followed by an audience discussion moderated by Judy Müller-Goldenstedt. DJ Edelescort (Hauch Records) will play before and after the speakers.
Skotti's is a bar in the Oberbilk district of Düsseldorf that is open around the clock. Operator Shkodran Nesimi took over the bar in spring 2021. The large window front provides an excellent view of what is happening on Kölner Straße and Markenstraße. When the temperatures are right, you can also sit on the covered outdoor terrace.