Jan Wagner was born in 1971 in Hamburg and now lives in Berlin. His first book of poetry was released in 2001, “Probebohrung im Himmel” (Test Drilling in the Sky), followed by “Guerickes Sperling” (Guericke's Sparrow) in 2004, “Achtzehn Pasteten” (Eighteen Pasties) in 2007, “Australien” (Australia) in 2010, “Die Eulenhasser in den Hallenhäusern" (The Owl Haters in the Hall Houses) in 2012 and the collection "Selbstporträt mit Bienenschwarm" (Self-Portrait with a Bee Swarm) in 2016. His most recent publication was the volume of essays “Der verschlossene Raum” (The Closed Room) in 2017. His book of poems "Regentonnenvariationen" (Rain Barrel Variations) was released in 2014 and in 2015 won the Leipziger Buchmesse Prize. In 2017, he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize.