Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Ann Cotten, born 1982 in Iowa (USA), grew up in Vienna, Austria, where she studied literature and worked various jobs. In 2006 she moved to Berlin, Germany.
Her first book of poems, Fremdwörterbuchsonette, consisted of 78 double-sonnets in a hairpin formation, taking the German poetry scene by surprise. She published her diploma thesis on concrete poetry (Nach der Welt, Klever Verlag, 2008), a second book of poetry and prose ostensibly written by a palette of characters and reviewed by aliens (Florida-Rooms, Suhrkamp, 2010) and a first book in English with the visual artist Kerstin Cmelka, I, Coleoptile (Broken Dimanche Press, 2011). With Monika Rinck and Sabine Scho, she forms the “Rotten Kinck Schow”, an experimental theory revue. In 2013 Der schaudernde Fächer (The Quivering Fan) came out: a collection of short stories with erotic, philosophical and political content, which is true also of the thinner poetry collections Hauptwerk. Softsoftporn and Rein – ja oder nein?. 2016 saw the publication of the epic poem Verbannt!. A second English language publication is fresh from the printers: Lather in Heaven (Broken Dimanche Press), a collection of poetic and theoretical prose texts in English with some global photography.