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Raphael Urweider

poet, translator, musician


Raphael Urweider was born in 1974 in Bern. He studied German literature and philosophy in Fribourg. He works as poet, translator and musician. He has performed with the Bernise HipHop-crew LDeeP and composed the music for a number of plays.

In 1999, he received the Arbeitsstipendium des Deutschen Literaturfonds, as well as the Leonce-und-Lena-Preis from the city of Darmstadt. Other prizes include the Förderpreis des Bremer Literaturpreises (2001), the 3sat award at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition (2002), and the Clemens-Brentano-Preis (2004).

His first volume of poetry “Lichter in Menlo Park” was published in 2000. His second collection is “Das Gegenteil von Fleisch” (2003), the latest Alle Deine Namen” (2008).
He also translates plays (“Five Gold Rings”, “Poor Beck from Joanna Laurens) and poetry (“Minsk” by Lavinia Greenlaw).
From 2007 to 2009, he worked as the artistic director of the Schlachthaus Theatre in Bern.
Now he is freelancing again as a poet, translator, director and musician and lives currently in Bern.