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About the Author
Dagmar Nick was born in Breslau in 1926, daughter of the composer and conductor Edmund Nick and concert singer Kaete Nick-Jaenicke. From 1933 she attended school in Berlin, and after 1945 studied graphology and psychology. In 1947 her first volume of poems, Maertyrer (Marryrs) appeared, for which she won the 1948 Liliencron Prize of the city of Hamburg. Ten more volumes of poems followed, most recently, in 2016, Im freien Fall (Freefall), three radio plays, radio essays, translations from English, four literary travel books, a nonfiction book about Israel, where she spent four years, three short stories, Medea, ein Monolog, Lilith, eine Metamorphose and Penelope, eine Erfahrung (Penelope, an Experience) the poetry volume Zeugnis und Zeichen (Signs and Seals), which appeared in the United States in prize-winning dual-language editions (Jim Barnes). Her poems are included in over 250 domestic and foreign anthologies and textbooks. She has won many literary prizes, among them the Eichendorff Prize 1966, the Roswitha von Gandersheim Medal 1977, the Silesian Cultural Prize of Niedersachsen Province 1986, the Andreas Gryphius Prize 1993 and the Jakob-Wassermann-Literaturpreis 2002 der Stadt Fürth. She has been a member of the PEN-Club of Germany since 1965. Today the lives in Munich.