A member of the PEN Club, Michael Speier is a poet, translator, and literary scholar living in Berlin. He taught as Visiting Professor at a variety of institutions in USA and Germany: Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, the Free University of Berlin, Leipzig University, the University of Cincinnati, and Middlebury College. In addition to having published a number of anthologies and translated modern English, French, and Italian poetry, he is the founding editor of Park. Zeitschrift für neue Literatur and the Paul-Celan-Jahrbuch. His own lyric poetry has appeared in nine volumes and over 50 anthologies and has been translated into 12 languages. In 2007 he received the Schiller Award, in 2011 he has been awarded the A und A Kulturstiftung Literaturpreis.