Max Czollek

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Max Czollek
Kritzolina, Munich, 2016

Max Czollek (born 1987) is a German lyric-poet, writer and stage performer. He is a member of the "G13" authors' collective.[1][2]


Max Czollek was born in Berlin where he attended the Jewish Upper School ("Jüdisches Gymnasium Moses Mendelssohn" / JGMM), passing his school finals (Abitur) in 2006. During his time at school he took a year abroad in Texas.[1] Between 2007 and 2012 he studied political sciences at Berlin. Then, from 2012 till 2016 he worked on his doctorate at the Center for Research on Antisemitism (TU Berlin) and at Birkbeck, University of London. He was supported with a stipenmdium from the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk.[3] Since 2016 he has been a member of the producers' collective, "Jalta – Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart" ("Yalta - Positions on the Jewish Present").[4]

Czollek has been part of the lyric-poetry collective, G13, since 2009. In 2013 he initiated the international "Babelsprech" lyric-poetry project, in order to network a young German language "lyric scene".[5] He himself is the German "curator" of "Babelsprech International" between 2016 and 2018.

Since the 2013/2014 he has teamed up with the novelist Deniz Utlu to organise the literature series "Gegenwartsbewältigung" (loosely "coping with today") at the Maxim Gorki Theater (Studio Я). Together with "Sasha"/"Саша" Marianna Salzmann he was co-instigator of the "Disintegration Congress" (2016)[6] on contemporary Jewish thinking and of the "Radical Jewish Arts Days" ("Radikale Jüdische Kulturtage" 2017).[7] During 2016/2017 he is co-leader with Esra Kücük of the Gorki Theatre's "Young Berlin Council" project.[8]

Czollek's poetry has been published in a number of literary journals, notably those with their focus on younger authors, such as "Edit", "Belletristik", "Aviv" and "poet". His works have also been included in recent anthologies, notably the 2015 "Lyrik von Jetzt 3" and the 2017 "Jahrbuch der Lyrik". Poems by Czollek have been translated into several foreign languages.


  1. ^ a b Christine Schmitt (13 July 2006). "Max, der Denker". Philosophie und Ausland: Wie ein junger Mann an der Jüdischen Oberschule ein Einser-Abi schaffte. Jüdische Allgemeine, Berlin. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Dichter am Erfolg". Mit Jan Wagner war erstmals ein Lyriker für den Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse nominiert. In der Lyrikszene sorgt das für Aufregung – nicht nur im Positiven. taz Verlags u. Vertriebs GmbH , Berlin. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ Max Czollek (18 May 2016). "Das Antisemitismus-Dispositiv". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Jalta – Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart". Neofelis Verlag GmbH , Berlin. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Babelsprech International". Literaturbrücke Berlin e. V. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Desintegration". Ein Kongress zeitgenössischer jüdischer Positionen kuratiert von Max Czollek und Sasha Marianna Salzmann. Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Radikale Jüdische Kulturtage". Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Open Call zum Jungen Berliner Rat". Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. Retrieved 21 November 2017.