Born on the 19th of March 1946, in Fürth (Germany) is a lawyer, diplomat, poet, editor and translator. He was raised in Tunis, later he studied law and political sciences in Munich, London and Paris, after which he served as a diplomat in New York, Istanbul, Prague and Nicosia until 1986. Additionally, he held many positions connected with international cultural policy. In 1996-2000 he served a term as a Secretary General of Goethe-Institut, and in 2000-2011 he worked as an artistic director of Berlin Festival. Joachim Sartorius received scholarships from DAAD, Rockefeller Foundation and Collegium Hungaricum. He also won the Scheerbart Award for translating contemporary American poetry. Additionally, he is also a member of Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German Academy of Language and Literature). Sartorius is a professor of Universität der Künste Berlin (The University of the Arts in Berlin), where he teaches theory of culture. His works were translated into many languages, including Arabic, Dutch and French.
Polish translations by Ryszard Krynicki will be published by Wydawnictwo a5 publishing house as part of the Miłosz Festival publishing project.
fot. Mathias Bothor