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*1971, living in siegen (germany) is a poet, creative writing teacher and a cultural educator (university, schools, independent social institutions). Crauss became known to a wider audience in the mid-1990s through new, productive methods of video clip aesthetics in poetry, he was supported with important scholarships, received literary prizes and his poetry was translated into more than ten languages.

In addition to popular scientific essays and »spoken songs«, the most recent publications are: BLACKBOX (poems german-macedonian-english 2021), DIE HARTE SIDE DES HEIMMELS (pilot poems 2018), SCHUNDFAKTOR (hybrids & distillates/ essays 2018) and WORKBOOKS (for workshop topics such as self-confident writing and un-creative writing2022).

To whom it may concern.

I have worked with Crauss as an editor and publisher for the past eight years, and naturally, writing any kind of reference for Crauss must lead to a form of reverence; as publishers, Verlagshaus Berlin always seeks to find and publish poets whose work has a truly unique voice and urgency, and offers more than mere aesthetics. Crauss is one of these extremely rare cases.


With an acute eye for modern life and a unique structural depth, Crauss‘ poetry manages to re-create in the best sense of the word: Crauss captures situations, sensations, dynamics in such a manner as to show not only the flip-side of a well-worn coin, his poetry lets us imagine the possibi- lity that coin may have a third side.


Drawing from a field of reference that is just as well-versed in pop culture as it is in classical music, photography, and naturally dicerse poetic traditions, Crauss‘ poetry modulates with ease between humor and delicacy, between irony and tenderness, intimacy and proclamation.


Crauss‘ readings blur the lines between poetic performance and performing poetics, and in this, Crauss has been and continues to be one of the most influential contemporary German-language


Jo Frank