Ugly Duckling Presse: Missing Witness by Ulrike Almut Sandig
Translated from German by Bradley Schmidt
Ulrike Almut Sandig’s poems bear witness to a time and place—the GDR—that no longer exists. Missing Witness, by turns plain-spoken and elliptical, depicts an elusive world that lies in the past but is all too present.
Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and started publishing her poetry by pasting it on construction fences (eyemail) and reading at concerts (earmail). Today she works with musicians, composers and film makers to stress the musical aspects of language and voice in her performances. She holds a MA in Religious Studies and Modern Indology and an MFA from the German Literary Institute in Leipzig. She has published three volumes of poetry, a story collection, and two audio-books of poetry & pop music. In spring 2015 Schöffling & Co. published her second story collection Buch gegen das Verschwinden(Book against the Disappearing). Her many awards include the prestigious Leonce-und-Lena Prize (Darmstadt), and the Poetry Award (Meran). Her poems have been translated into Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Belarussian, French, Hindi, Polish, Portugese, Rumanian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Ulrike Almut Sandig lives with her family in Berlin.