Thien Tran, born 1979 in Ho Chi Minh City, died 2010 in Paris, lived from 1982 in Germany. From 2001 to 2006 he studied German, Philosophy and Classical Literature at the University of Cologne. His first published poems were written during this period. By his own account originally influenced by the Beat Poets and the Paris avant-garde, Impressionism, Hermann Hesse and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, John Cage and Merve literature, he was later concerned with redefining the haiku from a Western perspective, naming Neo Rauch, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot and Thomas of Aquinas as points of reference. In 2008 he won the open mike poetry prize, and in 2009 was awarded the Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Fellowship of the City of Cologne. In the same year he published his first collection, fieldings (Verlagshaus J. Frank, Berlin).
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