Festival Poets 2024

Volha Hapeyeva


Volha Hapeyeva, born in Minsk (Belarus), is a poet, writer, translator and doctor of linguistics. She has received numerous prizes and awards for her work, most recently the Wortmeldungen Literature Prize (2022). Her poems have been translated into over 15 languages. She is the author of 14 books in Belarusian. The poetry collection “Mutant Garden” (2020), the novel “Camel Journey” (2021), the essay “The Defence of Poetry in Times of Permanent Exile” (2022) and the poetry collection “Trapeze Heart” (2023) have been published in German. In 2023/2024, Volha Hapeyeva was a fellow at the Villa Rosenthal in Jena. Her novel “Samota” was published by DROSCHL in February.

Photo: Claudia Stranghoener

Ramona de Jesús


born in Colombia in 1990, is a poet and translator who grew up between Bogotá and Mumbai. She has been living in Germany since 2010, where she completed her Masters in Comparative Literature at Freie Universität. This was followed by a Masters in Creative Writing at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires. She has received grants from the Berlin Senate and the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. Her book “Dos metros cuadrados de piel” was awarded the National Prize for Unpublished Poetry in Colombia. She currently lives in Oberbösa.

Photo: Bernhard Gruber

Gisela Kraft


born in Berlin in 1936, died in Bad Berka in 2010, was a writer and translator. After training in drama and eurythmy in Berlin, Stuttgart and Dornach, she worked at various theatres before beginning her studies in Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin in 1972. In 1984 she moved from West Berlin to East Berlin. She lived in Weimar from 1997 onwards.

Photo: Peter Michaelis