Ann Cotten

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Ann Cotten (born 1982, Ames, Iowa) is an American-born German writer.

Life and work[edit]

At the age of five years Ann Cotten was taken by her parents, who are both biochemists, to Vienna, where they went for work.[1] 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[2] 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.[3] 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.



  • 2008: George-Saiko-Reisestipendium
  • 2008: Clemens-Brentano-Preis
  • 2007: Reinhard-Priessnitz-Preis


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