vienna poetry school
the vpa was founded in 1991 in vienna as an independent project of authors and first began to offer its educational program in 1992. the vpa organizes festival-like events, annual academies with classes, seminars, teacher conferences, readings, performances and student presentations.
the vpa poetry motto has been influenced by the energy created by the area of conflict between issues such as first language - foreign language, sophisticated cultures - disregarded cultures, as well as writing techniques and non-writing techniques. the act of teaching has been understood as an individual, artistic act in the tradition of sappho, josef beuys and the "talking poetics".
representatives of the three major postwar avant-gardist groups - poetes sonores, beats, wiener gruppe - have worked with our academy as well as falco, marlene streeruwitz, nick cave, blixa bargeld, pham thi hoai, inger christensen, the mayan poet humberto akabal, the film-maker and chef peter kubelka or the poet of the holy mushrooms - fernando rendun.
the vpa works in co-operation with the jack kerouac school of disembodied poetics in boulder (usa), the institute nguyen du in hanoi (vietnam), the escuela de poesia in medellin (col) and the project propost from barcelona (esp).
the classes, teacher conferences and lectures that were held up until 1996 were transferred to the digital world and are now held in form of internet-classes, lecture-downloads and chats within the framework of the virtual academy: http://www.sfd.at -or- http://www.poetryschool.net.
founders: sonja orator, christine huber, gertraud marinelli-koenig, christian loidl and christian ide hintze, who is also responsible for organization and management. co-director virtual academy: orhan kipcak.
austria christoph amann, martin amanshauser, h. c. artmann, wolfgang bauer, juergen berlakovich, christoph braendle, gerwalt brandl, franz josef czernin, elfriede czurda, julius deutschbauer, curd duca, falco, michaela falkner, andrea fehringer, hil de gard, christoph grissemann, marianne gruber, bodo hell, christian ide hintze, werner hörtner, christine huber, lotte ingrisch, ernst jandl, gerhard jaschke, gert jonke, arnold keyserling, wilhelmine keyserling, orhan kipcak, peter kislinger, gerhard kofler, franz krahberger, peter kubelka, mia legenstein, christian loidl, gertraud marinelli-könig, friederike mayröcker, anna mitgutsch, felix mitterer, ernst molden, roland neuwirth, heidi pataki, helga pesserer, jörg piringer, rosa pock, peter rosei, gerhard rühm, gerhard ruiss, robert schindel, ferdinand schmatz, sabine scholl, raoul schrott, julian schutting, rolf schwendter, helmut seethaler, günther selichar, emil siemeister, johann skocek, dirk stermann, marlene streeruwitz, armin thurnher, liesl ujvary, peter vieweger, bernhard widder, dorothea zeemann
australia nick cave
colombia angela garcía, fernando rendón
czech rep. daniel soukup
cuba miguel barnet
denmark inger christensen
finland juri joensuu, reijo virtanen
france henri chopin
germany blixa bargeld, isabeella beumer, eva demski, peter gosse, gisbert
jänicke, augusta laar, luise f. pusch, helmut richter, ginka steinwachs,
guatemala humberto ak'abal
indonesia ayu utami
ireland gabriel rosenstock
netherlands jaap blonk
romania helmut britz
russia vladimir i. novikov, anatolij potapov, andrej bitov
somalia waris dirie
spain eduard escoffet
switzerland marie caffari, daniel rothenbühler
syberia sainkho namtchylak
turkey serafettin yildiz
usa jack collom, rikki ducornet, susan etlinger, renée gadsden, allen
ginsberg, anselm hollo, gordon lish, jackson mac low, julie patton,
jerome rothenberg, ed sanders, andrew schelling, anne tardos, steven
taylor, anne waldman, ruth weiss
vietnam huynh khai vinh, pham thi haoi