Martin Jankowski, born in Greifswald, GDR in 1965, is a Berlin-based writer and poet who started in the eighties as a singer-songwriter in the oppositional movement of Leipzig. Though the STASI’s ‘operational procedures’ banned his texts, his songs and poems became popular during the Monday demonstrations that finally led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the GDR. After 1989, he published songs, four poetry books, tales and short stories, as well as essays, literary criticism, nonfiction on history and culture, and a novel about the year 1989 (“Rabet”, 1999). His works were translated into 17 languages and were granted awards like the annual German Literary Science and Philosophy Prize (1998) or the Alfred Doeblin Scholarship of the German Academy of Arts (2006). He is a regular guest at international festivals and universities. As a cultural activist he chairs Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V., curates international projects, and hosts several regular literary salons; on behalf of Netzwerk freie Literaturszene Berlin he was project manager of the STADTSPRACHEN festival in 2016. Since 2017 he is project manager of PARATAXE and editor-in-chief of the stadtsprachen magazin.
Rabet oder Das Verschwinden einer Himmelsrichtung. Novel. München 1999.
Detik-Detik Indonesia. Poems. zweisprachig. Magelang, 2005.
Seifenblasenmaschine, Berliner Szenen. Novellas. Hamburg 2005.
Der Tag, der Deutschland veränderte. Essays, Leipzig 2007.
Sekundenbuch, gedichte & gesänge. Poems. Leipzig 2012.
saskananas, gedichte & notate. Poems. Leipzig 2015.
PARATAXE – das berliner stadtsprachen magazin. Ed. German print edition, Berlin 2019.