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Hybrid Book Launch: Ulrike Draesner’s – this porous fabric: Selected Poems

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ulrike Draesner will read from her books – the porous fabric: Selected Poems and Schwitters.

Burlington Writers Workshop in conjunction with Hotel VT is proud to announce that Ulrike Draesner will be reading from her hot-off-the-presses poetry volume – the porous fabric: Selected Poems, and from her novel Schwitters.

This hybrid event will be held both at Hotel Vermont in Juniper Hall and online. At the hotel, there will be a cash bar and an opportunity to meet some of BWW’s authors. We will have a cash book table of their books for your purchase where you can get a personalized autograph and chat with the authors.

Ulrike Draesner is recognized as one of Germany’s most important living poets and fiction writers. She has published eight volumes of poetry, seven novels, and three books of short stories. She has translated William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, H. D., and Louise Glück, among others. She has received many literary awards, including the Nicolas Born Prize (2016), the Gertrud Kolmar Prize (2019), and the GEDOK-Prize (2020). Draesner lives in Berlin and Leipzig, where she is director of the Institute for German Literature and holds a professorship in creative writing.

From her publisher’s announcement of “this porous fabric”: “Her writing favors an exchange with the reader that explores unfamiliar modes of encountering the world to form the sociable space of a poem. Her work is charged with a delicious, inquisitive restlessness.”

»I write in order to make audible, to translate into language, that which is usually left unspoken, that which seems unspeakable.«

– Ulrike Draesner –

Draesner will also read from a recent novel she first wrote in English and then in German about the artist Kurt Schwitters and his life in exile from Nazi Germany.

“A compelling fictionalized account of the famously eccentric avant-garde artist and poet, Kurt Schwitters, which considers questions of art, love, and survival.”

The English-speaking world’s interest in Kurt Schwitters is demonstrated by recent exhibitions of his work in the USA. Ulrike Draesner’s compelling interpretation of Schwitters’ experience of exile from Nazi Germany is strongly grounded in the artist’s biography. Draesner focuses primarily on his personal relationships and disappointments during and after the Second World War – first in Germany, then in Norway, and finally in England – with flashbacks to his years of greatest artistic productivity. The alienation and challenges faced by Schwitters during this period are strongly rendered.

Reserve your seats before April 13th 6:30pm


Hotel Vermont
41 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401 United States


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