Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut

This blog will provide info and updates on the US tour of Wolf Hogekamp, Lars Rupple, and Sebastian 23, who are attending the National Poetry Slam in Minnesota.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Green Mille - I am the new wrong - Wolf Hogekamp

green mille - chicago, 31.7.2010
host: marc kelly smith
An exception would be Wolf Hogekamp, a performer in the already mentioned "bastardslam." He sharply and comically describes both life on a traffic island and the world shrunk to the size of a traffic island. Hogekamp, one generation older than most poets in the scene, is not caught up in the scene's tautology of affirmation and critique. His expression encompasses his strength. He possesses something of the incorruptibility of the best rap that comes with a freedom of the tongue that doesn't complain if caught in an unfavorable place.
Konrad Engelschall

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Performance in Providence. Text by Lars Ruppel.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Newtown, Philadelphia, Cleveland

Our friend and slam poet David introduces us. Thank you all for the great time we have at the US.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New York Kick Off!

The kickoff reading for the tour was a smash success! An enthusiastic audience of over 50 people were treated to a sampling of team pieces and individual work in both German and English.

Because of the sponsorship of the Goethe Institute and the attendance of members of the NYC German Language Meetup (Big thanks to Amy Saner!) there was a high precentage of German speakers in the audience.

Edna McCown and Brigitte Doellgast hosted a delightful reception for the poets at the Goethe Institute after the reading.
What a sweet introduction to New York and the U.S.!

Here is a poem Lars read in the voice of a person he worked with in the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.

Alzpoesie Berlin

I’m the captain of the seven seas in my bath tub
And my mission is called
Asked me and I’ll say “Huzza!”
The wind is stronger
The sail is my thick belly
I gave away the oar
No worries, no distress
Close the window
I’m drowning
In a dress made of foam
Gone in warm flurries
My bonnie lies…
My bonnie lies…
The logbook is wet
Where does this wave surge?
Stranded in an unknown land.

Here is a photo of Lars working on the Alzheimer's Poetry Project in Hanover.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wolf Hogekamp

Wolf Hogekamp lives as an a/v editor and poet in Berlin. Since 1994 Wolf Hogekamp is reading and performing poetry and organizes regularly Poetry Slams in Berlin. He is a pioneer of the German Poerty Slam scene. Since 2000 Hogekamp is the mentor of the Bastard Slam in Berlin, one of the most important and biggest Poetry Slams of the german spokenword scene. He was the founder of the first national of german speaking poetry slam in 1997, also he managed the 10th in 2007 in Berlin. More than 400 appearances with Poetry-Slams and readings on all important German-speaking stages.

Lars Ruppel

Lars Ruppel was born in 1985 and is the youngest professional Slam Poet in the german speaking area. Since the age of 16 he’s touring through Europe and fascinates the audience’s ears and eyes, with his passionated performance poetry and the largest glasses since Buddy Holly or Erich Fried. He won every important slam in Europe, the national team-competition and the german TV Poetry Slam. In 2009 Lars Ruppel published his artwork in three books of poetry. He works as a tutor in colleges and trains teachers in the field of modern spoken word poetry. His contemporary work is focused on the German Alzpoetry Project and the corporate networking of international Poetry Slams.

Sebastian 23

Sebastian 23 is a poet from the unknown industrial town of Bochum. Born in 1979 as a son of a coalminer, he somehow grew up to become a poet. Today he is one of the most succesful slam poets, winning several National Slam Competions, touring all across Europe and America and starring as Special Guest at the U.S.-National Poetry Slam 2009. Far out on the Pacific Ocean he once saw and smelled a humpback whale. Very impressive.