Participants 2020

Maria Küchen / Sweden

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Maria Küchen was born in 1961. In 1989, she released her first collection of poems, ”Hos ljusmålaren”. Since then, she has published around 30 books – poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Lately, she has been widely acclaimed in Sweden for two major essays on aviation and spaceflight, ”Att flyga” (2016) and ”Rymdens alfabet” (2019). Ever since her first book, her poetry has continuously explored the interface between science and transcendence.

Among her poetic works, there is the collection ”Muon song” from 1998. The ”Muon song” poetry was used in a spectacular installation involving glass sculptures by visual artist Monica Sand, music by composer Marie Samuelsson and actual scientific particle physics detectors.

There is also the esoteric art book ”Rosariet” (2012) , manufactured in two copies only – one for circulation by post between readers, the other for exhibitions in galleries, libraries, book stores, churches etc.

Maria Küchen lives in Lund in the South of Sweden. She is active as a literary critic and essayist in various newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She has four children and is married to experimental saxophonist Martin Küchen.