Ann Cotten is a writer, publishing in German and English. Since 2000 her poetry, essays, and prose have appeared in anthologies and journals, and her first collection of poetry came out in 2007. Since then she has been widely publishing her writing, which is distinctive for its experimental approach to poetry and prose, and has been awarded the Klopstock-Award for New Literature and the Ernst Bloch Prize, among others. Her works include Fremdwörterbuchsonette (2007), Der schaudernde Fächer (2013), Hauptwerk: Softsoftporn (2013), and a full-length book of work in English, I, Coleoptile (2010), in collaboration with the artist Kerstin Cmelka. Most recently, she has published a collection of prose and poetry inspired by Japanese literature and language (Jikiketsugaki: Tsurezuregusa, 2016) and a reflection on traveling in the United States (Fast Dumm: Essays von on the road, 2017). She is a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
As of January 2019