Helwig Brunner

Graz, Austria

Some days missing poetry accompanies me like a dog without a tail to wag. - Helwig Brunner

Helwig Brunner

Helwig Brunner was born in Istanbul in 1967. He attended Akademisches Gymnasium in Graz / Styria – where he lives at present – and studied Biology and Music – an interesting combination of subjects, which has been formative for his literary approach. He is the editor of a poetry series at edition keiper in Graz, as well as the co-editor of the literary magazine Lichtungen in Graz. His work has been published in numerous literary magazines (e. g. Lettre Internationale, manuskripte) and anthologies in Europe and elsewhere (e. g. New European Poets, Jahrbuch der Lyrik, Lyrik von Jetzt; all dies hier, Majestät, ist deins: Lyrik im Anthropozän; translations into nine languages). Brunner has published ten books of poetry (most recently Denkmal für Schnee, Berger Verlag, 2015, Die Sicht der Dinge. Rätselgedichte, edition keiper, 2012 and Vorläufige Tage, Leykam Verlag, 2011) and some novels, short stories and essays (most recently Journal der Bilder und Einbildungen, Literaturverlag Droschl, 2017). He has been the recipient of several literary prizes in Austria and Germany.

In 2016 he was nominated for the Lyrikpreis Meran and the Dresdner Lyrikpreis.

Recent contributions to magazines, anthologies and online reviews in English:

  • The California Journal of Poetics (issue 1/2014)



  • no manʼs land (issue 8/2013)


  • Four Way Review (issue 3/2013)



  • The Adirondack Review (issue XIII/2, 2012)


  • New European Poets, Graywolf Press, 2008

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