Matthias Goeritz

Matthias Goeritz

Professor of Practice of Comparative Literature

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  • MSC 1107-146-100
    Washington University
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Matthias Göritz was born in Hamburg in 1969. He studied philosophy and literary studies and spent extended periods in Moscow, Paris and Chicago.

Göritz was Writer-in-Residence at Bard College, New York, at the “Deutsches Haus” at NYU and guest in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, as well as Max Kade Writer at Washington University in St. Louis.

After publications in magazines, his first volume of poetry, “Loops”, was published in 2001. Matthias Göritz lives in Frankfurt am Main. He was awarded the Hamburg Literature Prize and the Mara Cassens Prize for his first novel “The short Dream of Jakob Voss” (Berlin 2005).

In Fall 2006 his second collection of poetry, “Pools”, was published.

Göritz received the grant of the state of Lower Saxonia for these poems.

He was the Winner of the Warsaw Haiku contest 2008.

2011 Göritz was awarded the Robert Gernhardt Prize.

2012 His third collection of poems, “Tools” came out.

In 2013 the novel “Dreamers and Sinners” was published by C.H. Beck (Munich).

An American translation is in preparation.

In 2014 Göritz was the first recipient of the William Gass Award.

See links below for information about the recent Fabula Festival:

Opening Ceremony and Reading at  "Fabula Festival on YouTube:

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Keynote speech Opening DAKAM Conference „Memory and Literature“ in Istanbul 2015  

Collaboration with turkish poet Efe Duyan

Excerpts from a Conversation with ‎Slavoj Žižek & Jela Krečič Žižek. "The Birth of Comedy out of the Spirit of Despair"

Europe and Me


Goethe Institute



Matthias Göritz's Colonies of Paradise: Poems

Matthias Göritz's Colonies of Paradise: Poems

Die Sprache der Sonne

Die Sprache der Sonne