Ann Cotten (born 1982, Ames, Iowa) is an American-born German writer.
Life and work
At the age of five years Ann Cotten was taken by her parents, who are both biochemists, to Vienna, where they went for work. There she finished university in 2006 with a work about Concrete Poetry. At the same time she first emerged as a poet at poetry slams. In 2007 Cotten, whose work has been published in anthologies and journals for poetry, succeeded as a writer with her first book, Fremdwörterbuchsonnette, which was published at Suhrkamp. Her latest book with Suhrkamp is Florida-Räume Some of her poems have been translated into English and published in journals like burning deck (USA). In 2010 Cotten collaborated with visual artist Kerstin Cmelka in a book called I, Coleoptile. Original English poetry and film stills, the book was published by Broken Dimanche Press.
Cotten grew up as a Viennese girl, nevertheless there is a remarkable idiom in her writings including lots of English allusions.
Ann Cotten lives in Vienna and in Berlin.
- Fremdwörterbuchsonette, poetry, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-518-12497-0.
- Nach der Welt. Die Listen der konkreten Poesie und ihre Folgen., essay, Klever, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-902665-01-0.
- Glossarattrappen, prose, AusnahmeVerlag, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-940992-09-3.
- Das Pferd. SuKuLTuR, Berlin 2009 (Schöner Lesen Nr. 84), ISBN 978-3-941592-03-2.
- Florida-Räume, poetry, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt/Main 2010, ISBN 978-3-518-42132-1.
- I, Coleoptile, poetry (English), Broken Dimanche Press, Berlin-Oslo-Dublin 2010, ISBN 978-3-00-032627-1
- 2008: George-Saiko-Reisestipendium
- 2008: Clemens-Brentano-Preis
- 2007: Reinhard-Priessnitz-Preis
- Click: A Conversation with Ann Cotten (Interview in English and German), Cordite Poetry Review
- Review of I,Coleoptile in English from De Reactor
- Article on the book Florida-Räume in the German weekly news magazine Die Zeit
- Webpage for Ann Cotten English book
- Interview in English with Ann Cotten at 3AM Magazine
- review of the English translation
- Ann Cotten on the website of Suhrkamp-publishing (german)
- Entry at Poetry International Web
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