Born in 1964, Michael Lentz studied German Literature, History, and Philosophy and received his doctorate 1999 with a two-volume dissertation on sound poetry and music after 1945. In 2001, he won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize with his text
Michael Lentz’s performances are powerful, precisely staged, and always unpredictable confrontations with the German language. Human beings try, using the limited means of language, to express something as a meaningful experience—Michael Lentz manages to do this in an unusually vivid and accessible way, according to the jury statement of the Literature Houses’ Prize. Lentz doubts the word’s power to name and relies on language as language and not on languages as a descriptive mechanism. What this yields in his poetic process is brittle, obstinate, yet very clever and witty speech and writing. A dose of (linguistic)doubt, administered in this fashion, has never done anyone any harm.
An SWR broadcast stated, “Michael Lentz is without a doubt a language juggler, a gifted language artist.”
In Leukerbad Michael Lentz will also perform together with the two musicians Michael Wertmüller and Marino Pliakas. Place and time see detailed program
28th Leukerbad International Literary Festival: