Nora-Eugenie Gomringer

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Nora-Eugenie Gomringer (born January 26, 1980 in Neunkirchen, Saar) is a German and Swiss poet and writer. She won the 2013 Literaturpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft[1] and the 2015 Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis[2]

Nora-Eugenie Gomringer
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Born (1980-01-26) January 26, 1980 (age 40)
OccupationArts administrator
Alma materUniversity of Bamberg

She lives in Bamberg,[3] where she has been directing the International House of Artists Villa Concordia [de], a cultural institution founded by the State of Bavaria, since 2010. Her mostly lyrical work appears under the name Nora Gomringer, published by Voland & Quist.


Gomringer's parents are Nortrud Gomringer, and the Swiss poet and former professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Eugen Gomringer. She is the only daughter and sister of seven half-brothers. She grew up in Wurlitz (Rehau), and moved to Bamberg in 1996.

She graduated in 1998, with the American high school diploma in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and in 2000 graduated from the Franz-Ludwig-Gymnasium Bamberg. Then, Gomringer took to the study of English, German and Art History at the Otto-Friedrich University, which she completed in 2006.[4] She completed internships at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City (2001 and 2004) and the archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles (2000). In April 2010, Gomringer took over as a director, the management of the International Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg. The Artists' House is advised by a board of trustees.


She has published since 2000, as a freelance writer. After being self-published, the publisher Grupello Düsseldorf published hyphenation in 2002. Since 2006, the she is published at Voland & Quist. There are seven volumes of poetry and a book of essays and numerous individual publications, including recently published: Monster Poems with graphics from Reimar Limmer.

In addition, she works with musicians and visual artists. Musical stage partners include: Günter Baby Sommer, Franz Tröger, Fiva, Mia Pittroff (the latter two were 2005 Gomringer winner in the team slam the German Poetry Slam Championships in Leipzig) and many others, Scratch Dee, Michael Stauffer, Word Class Ensemble and DJ Kermit.

Her volumes of poetry have been translated into Swedish (translator: Cecilia Hansson) and French (Translator: Vincent Barras); Belarusian, English and Spanish (Pablo Jofré) broadcasts appear partly, 2013. Individual texts and small cycles are translated into Norwegian, Spanish, American English, Letzeburgische, Dutch, Breton and in Persian.


In 2013, she wrote the libretto for the opera project Three flying minutes, music by Helga Pogatschar, and director Peter Schelling) which premiered in Basel. Frequently her work is accompanied by small film and video projects. As examples of their poetry books with audio CDs are mentioned, or even the video installations of the 2013 Monster Poems published. In the fall of 2013, the 3-part radio essay series is "Nora Gomringer looks away" to hear the night club in Germany.

Collaboration with Word Class EnsembleEdit

Since about 2010, the a cappella ensemble formation Word Class worked with her texts and used it for settings with and for the active organization of workshops. Since 2011, the five singers worked with Nora Gomringer, together on stage and performed a full-length program. In 2012, the program "Nora Gomringer meets Wortart Ensemble" was invited to the 50th anniversary of the Goethe Institute in Toronto. A USA and Canada tour, and a tour of Germany followed, and in 2013 and an album about this collaboration was produced.

Poetry SlamEdit

In the years 2001-2006, Nora Gomringer was active in the German poetry slam scene, including by the Bamberg Poetry Slam, which she founded in 2001 with Stefankai Spörlein and Keith Kennetz. For several years, the Poetry Slam has its permanent venue in the Morph Club, Bamberg and is managed by the award-winning Slammer and author Christian Ritter.

Awards (selection)Edit


  • Gedichte. 2000
  • Silbentrennung: Gedichte, Grupello-Verlag, 2002, ISBN 9783933749789
  • Sag doch mal was zur Nacht. Buch mit Audio-CD. Voland & Quist, Dresden/Leipzig 2006, ISBN 3-938424-13-3
  • Klimaforschung. Buch mit Audio-CD. Voland & Quist, Dresden/Leipzig 2008, ISBN 978-3-938424-32-2
  • Nachrichten aus der Luft. Voland & Quist, Dresden/Leipzig 2010, ISBN 978-3-938424-53-7
  • Ich werde etwas mit der Sprache machen. Voland & Quist, Dresden/Leipzig 2011, ISBN 978-3863910037
  • Mein Gedicht fragt nicht lange. Buch mit Audio-CD. Voland & Quist, Dresden/Leipzig 2011, ISBN 978-3863910044
  • Monster Poems. Mit Illustrationen von Reimar Limmer. Buch mit Audio-CD. Voland & Quist, Dresden/Leipzig 2013, ISBN 978-3863910280
  • Veröffentlichungen in Anthologien, Zeitschriften und Schulbüchern


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