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Christiane Schwarze     

         

Christiane Schwarze

 

Born 1960 in Uslar, lives in Homberg/Ohm (Germany).

Member of the Association of German Writers (VS – Verband Deutscher Schriftsteller)
and the Society of Writing Members Marburg.

Worked as a speech therapist in her own private practice, since accident freelance writer.

 

 

 

Art & Engagement

Stylistic diversity is a special quality of the author. She also surprises again and again with unconventional "crossover", that is to say, a fusion of different literary genres. The spectrum ranges from short stories, narratives, poetry, lyrical prose, satire, short thrillers to modern fairy tales and German lyrics.

For more than 30 years, Christiane Schwarze brings social criticism thoughtful and perceptive on point. She takes an unambiguous position against a "society that freezes itself to death".

On the other hand, Christiane Schwarze always looks over the European edge to see the bigger picture to show that many of the things we do or refuse to do in the western world have an impact on the other continents.

The author's concern is to give also blind and visually impaired people access to her literature. Meanwhile, partly with the support of the Ministry of Science and Art, three of her books have also been published in Braille and two of her books as audiobook versions for the blind.

 

Literary Awards

2018  Prizewinner at the b.bobs 59-Literaturpreis
          Geest Verlag/Vechta

2018  Prizewinner at the XXI. Poetry Competition of the Bibliothek Deutschsprachiger Gedichte
          Realis
Verlag/Munich

2016  International literary contest Political Poetry – “You should not be an uninvolved viewer”
          Geest-Verlag (1st prize)

2014  Prizewinner at the Poetry contest Main Rhyme Aschaffenburg

2013  Literature Prize Antho? - Logical! (2nd prize)
          As part of the READ!-Festivals 2013, in cooperation with the city of Fürth

2012  Wolfsburg Literature Prize 2012 (1st prize)

2009  Literary contest Ceranius publishing and literary magazine violet (2nd prize)

2008  Dorstener Poetry Prize (fourth place)

2003  Nomination for Friedrich Glauser Crime Shortstory Award

2001  Short story of the year competition, the bench press: Jury Evaluation (2nd prize) and
          audience rating (2nd prize)

2001  Story of the Month competition, the bench press (1st prize)

2000  In the context of Wolfener Literature Award (recognition award)

 

Residencies / Scholarships

In the last couple of years, Christiane Schwarze's literature has furthermore been awarded by means of various work- and residency grants.

2020  Germany/Soltau (Lüneburg Heath)
          Culture Award Soltau Artist's Residency at the invitation of the city of Soltau and the association
          Freundeskreis Künstlerwohnung
(Aug./Sept.)
         
Coordinated Residencies –  Christiane Schwarze for literature & Eva Batt for composition

2019  Spain/El Hierro (Canary Island)
          Writer-in-Residence (Nov./Dec.) at the Invitation of casArte und BIMBACHE openART
          Coordinated Residencies –  Christiane Schwarze for literature & Eva Batt for composition

2019  Sweden/Visby (Gotland)
          Artist's stay (Sept./Oct.): Audiobook recording with international artists (supported by GotlandsMusiken).
          Completion of the project The Silence of the Shadows – Mosaic of a Search, which was funded by the
          Baltic Center
for Writers and Translators & Visby International Center for Composers (SE), Canton Valais
          & artbellwald (CH) and Center d'Art Marnay Art Center/Fondation Ténot (F).

2018  Switzerland/Bellwald (Canton Valais)
          Writer-in-Residence (Nov.+Dec.) at the Invitation of the Canton of Valais and the
          association artbellwald.ch
          Coordinated Scholarships –  Christiane Schwarze for literature & Eva Batt for composition

2018  Sweden/Visby (Gotland)
          Baltic Center for Writers and Translators Grant for Work Residency (April/May)
          Coordinated Residencies (Literature & Composition) in cooperation with the
          Visby International Centre for Composers (with Eva Batt as Composer-in-Residence)

2017  France/Marnay-sur-Seine (Region Champagne-Ardenne)
          Writer-in-Residence (December) at Centre d´Art Marnay Art Centre (Camac) 
          (Sponsored by the Fondation Ténot
          Coordinated Residencies –  Christiane Schwarze for literature & Eva Batt for composition

2017  Germany/Soltau (Lüneburg Heath)
          Soltau Artist´s Follow-up-Residency (Aug./Sept.) at the invitation of the city of Soltau and the association
          Freundeskreis Künstlerwohnung 
 
         
Coordinated Residencies –  Christiane Schwarze for literature & Eva Batt for composition

2015  Germany/Soltau (Lüneburg Heath)
          Soltau Artist´s Residency (Nov.) at the invitation of the city of Soltau and the association
          Freundeskreis Künstlerwohnung 
 
         
Coordinated Residencies –  Christiane Schwarze for literature & Eva Batt for composition

 

Musically staged Readings

Christiane Schwarze

Since the year 2000 the author works together with the composer/pianist Eva Batt.
Together they form the literary-musical duo
 TonSatz.
Numerous performances in Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland.

 

In addition, numerous individual readings and readings in different formations across Germany.

Works by Christiane Schwarze were also read out in Austria and Switzerland during events in which the author could not be present in person.

 

 

Book Publications

Seven books have been published since 1997 (Publisher: Baltrum Verlag / Wendepunkt Verlag / Mauer Verlag)
Three
of them were transmitted in braille and two as audiobook versions for blind and visual impaired people.
 

2020  Das Schweigen der Schatten – Mosaik einer Suche (The Silence of the Shadows)
          (Poetry book)
          
2015  Imaginäre Begegnungen und ein Märchen (Imaginary Encounters)
          Episode stories, lyrical prose and poetry
2018   Transferred in Braille-scripture (Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde (Publishing Central Library for Blind) / Leipzig)


2003 
Losgehen und Möglichkeiten atmen (Start walking and breathe opportunities)
          Short stories and poetry


2002
  Frau mit Hund und Stock (Woman with dog and stick)
          Detective stories
2003    Audiobook-Version (BIT-Center from Bavaria Association for Blind- and visual impaired / München)


2000
   Ripp Wurzeltroll – Ein Waldmärchen (A forest fairy tale)
           Fairy tale for adults and children


1999
   Meine Tage wurden wie schimmernder Opal (My days were as shimmering Opal)
           Short stories and poetry
2002    Transferred in Braille-scripture (Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde (Publishing Central Library for Blind) / Leipzig)


1997
   Und zum ersten Mal liebte sie sich selbst (And for the first time she loved herself)
           Short stories and poetry
1999    Transferred in Braille-scripture (Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt e.V. / Marburg)
2000    Audiobook-Version (Blindenhörbuchverlag (Publishing Audiobook Company for Blind) / Marburg)

 

Literary-musical staged audiobooks

Five literary-musical staged audio books
together with her Duo TonSatz (Publisher: Baltrum Verlag / Wendepunkt Verlag / Mauer Verlag)

2020   Das Schweigen der SchattenMosaik einer Suche | Poesie & Musik
2015
  
Café Zeitvergessen
2013
   Wie ein Augenzwinkern der Zeit
2003   Losgehen und Möglichkeiten atmen
2001   Als Wir Uns Trafen

 

Single Releases

in over 300 literary magazines, anthologies and art projects (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain).

Look at: Einzelveröffentlichungen

 

Media presence

inter alia Bavarian Television, South West German Television, Hessian Broadcasting, Radiofabrik Salzburg / Austria,
Radio LORA Munich, Radio Unheard Marburg, Citizens Radio Berlin, Free Citizens Radio Bonn, Citizens Radio Nürnberg,
Free Citizens Radio Köln, Artists' project Mit Poesie durch Pandemie (With Poetry through Pandemic)
 

 

Christiane Schwarze

"Everyday events, experiences and feelings become fantastic texts (...). As a person, she must have traveled a long way in order to master the 'play between reality and dream'.

Texts by Christiane Schwarze leave their mark!"

(Alfred Büngen, Geest-Verlag, literature- and society magazine "Volksfest")

 „… Christiane Schwarzes works range from short prose to fairy tales (understood in "quotation marks") and from sly satire to poetry.

The best stories are not those that fill us up, but rather those that make us hungry for life and its different human encounters..."

(from laudation to Christiane Schwarzes Literary Prize Competition "Antho-Logisch" H. Neidel, co-founder of the Museum of Modern Art Nuremberg.)