Carl-Christian Elze

Carl-Christian Elze was born in 1974 in Berlin and currently lives in Leipzig. He studied biology and German studies at the University of Leipzig, and later creative writing at the Deutsche Literaturinstitut Leipzig. He writes poems, short stories and libretti and currently runs a series of readings in Leipzig called niemerlang. From 2002 until 2009 was an editor for the literary journal plumbum. He has won many prizes, grants and residencies for his work including the Lyrikpreis München in 2010, Joachim-Ringelnatz-Förderpreis in 2015 and most recently a residency at the Deutsche Studienzentrum in Venedig. His fifth book, diese kleinen, in der luft hängenden, bergpredigenden gebilde, was published in 2016.


maybe this thought will help us by Carl-Christian Elze, translated by Caroline Wilcox Reul

    maybe this thought will help us: we were never separated and can never be separated .. everything in this world in this universe: white dwarfs and snow, space fog and trees, egg cups and sheep bacteria and cars, toilet seats and people, and don’t forget: dogs – everything […]


the earth is a spherical spaceship by Carl-Christian Elze, translated by Caroline Wilcox Reul

    the earth is a spherical spaceship orbiting, at a hundred and seven thousand kilometers per hour, a burning ball of gas like a mosquito circling a tea light in a wind-calm black wood. all the while our hair-dos, the hair-dos of ectoparasites, remain wonderfully still on our spherical […]