Uwe Kolbe 1957

Uwe Kolbe was born on October 17th, 1957 in East Berlin; his father was a sailor on the inland waterways. After graduating from high school and completing military service, he managed to get by with an assortment of odd jobs. In 1976 he met the writer Franz Führmann, who was to become Kolbe’s most important mentor, providing him with the opportunity of publishing his first poems in the renowned journal Sinn und Form (Sense and Form). Shortly afterwards, Kolbe signed a contract for his first book Hineingeboren (Born Into). He has been working as a freelance writer and translator ever since. Between 1980 and 1981, he completed a special course at the Johannes R. Becher Institute for Literature in Leipzig.

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