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Looking back on the relaunch day – a summary

We had been eagerly awaiting the “relaunch day” for months. As of 1 September, the new lyrikline is up and running!

Many people helped to bring the new site into life and many people came to celebrate with us and followed the relaunch event at c-base in Berlin or online via live stream. For all who couldn’t be there or want to relive the event here’s a little summary.

Ready? Go!

What ingredients does an event need that celebrates the new lyrikline? Next to having a look into what is new, there should be the elements that make lyrikline the living project that it is – poets, users, national partners, voices, languages, poems and translations. We tried to add a bit of it all and stir well…

The event was opened by our two charming presenters, Joel Scott of Australian partner organisation The Red Room Company and Per Bergström who is the Swedish partner with Rámus förlag. Many other local lyrikline partners
sent their video greetings or organised relaunch happenings in their countries


Heiko Strunk speaking about the new website (© gezett)

Heiko Strunk, who managed the project right from its start in 1999 and masterminded the website relaunch, gave us a showcase tour of the site and introduced all the new features.

So, what’s new?

To mention all the new things in detail would extend poetry length by bar. Best go and have a look! But here are some of the essentials…

Navigation languages:

Next to the five existing languages to navigate the site which were Arabic, English, French, German, and Slovenian there are four new languages: Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Start page:

The new site opens new ways to access the content of lyrikline so the users don’t get lost amidst the 900 poets, 8,000 poems, 11,000 translations or 60 languages of poetry. Next to thematic teasers, the start page offers a radio like theme stream, recommends poems or poets to discover and informs about new content. From the main menu you can now select poets not only from A-Z or by languages but also by countries and you can browse the site by poems also, e.g. many poems can be found by categories like humorous poetry or issues like alcohol & drugs and many more everyday life topics.

Search & Community:

Have a look at the new design of the poem page, lean back on your couch after you selected „listen to all poems“ by your favourite poet or find the needle in the hay by using the new search and its dozen refinement options. Moreover, you can remember content, create your own lists or explore what other users like by becoming a member of the community.

Whatever access point you start from to explore poetry on lyrikline you’ll be able to find all the six poets who performed at the relaunch event on stage in Berlin, be it Finnish poet Helena Sinervo or Norwegian Simen Hagerup, who were both published on the site during the live event, Els Moors from Belgium, Pedro Sena-Lino from Portugal or the German poets Steffen Popp and Jan Wagner. Since the latter is the most translated poet on lyrikline his poem champignons was read on stage in the languages of all the present poets.

Can you hear me?


google hangouts session: Andrej Hocevar waiting in Ljubljana

To give the lyrikline users the chance to follow the event via online streaming was a main aim since lyrikline is a web project and its main audience is sitting at a computer and not in front of a stage. Another idea was to establish live video connections to our partners and to poets in Nigeria, Russia and Slovenia during the event. In the end this did not go as well as we hoped and not nearly as well as it did when we ‘practised’ two weeks before, meeting in our first google hangouts session to check if we can all hear and see each other. At least we could hear Russian poet Linor Goralik read a poem in Moscow that night, but due to technical problems, the session sadly hardly worked and there was a lot of desperate asking „Can you hear me?“  This photo of a waiting Andrej Hocevar in Slovenia portraits the unlucky attempt. The more we’d like to thank the patient poets Linor Goralik in Russia and Benson Eluma in Nigeria and the partners Andrej Hocevar, Dmitry Kuzmin and Remi Raji who put a lot of time and effort in this. It’s a shame it did not really properly.

Messages from Space

Other connections to the outer world were more successful. It was fun to read what Julià Florit and Thomas Andersson, the partners from Catalonia and Sweden wrote while they took over our lyrikline facebook and twitter accounts to post some impressions of the event. The two of them and poet Els Moors also formed the jury that selected their favourite „space poems“ which were sent for the relaunch by users answering an open call. The space topic was inspired by the event venue, the c-base „space station“ in Berlin which is an association of IT activists and their headquarter was a great place for the lyrikline relaunch event.

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Left: the two presenters Joel and Per, right: Julià and Thomas connecting to the outer world (© gezett)

We’re happy that with the relaunch, this new era of lyrikline has finally started. It’ll certainly take a good while before all the little bugs left on the new site will be found and fixed. Continuously, more and more poems will be sorted into the categories, more new poets will be published and ideas for new start page teasers will have to be found. It is, as it was, work in progress so stay tuned and visit the new site every now and then.

Thank you all for coming to the relaunch event, for watching it online or for following the whereabouts of lyrikline!

Video message from Finnish Poetry Flashmob

Posted in Autoren / poets, Olli Heikkonen, our network partners by lyrikline on 3. September 2013

During Runokuu Poetry Festival in Helsinki, lyrikline partner Laura Serkosalo of Nuoren Voiman Liitto organised these greetings by poet Olli Heikkonen. We see many other Finnish poetry activists at their festival flashmob in the Helsinki railway station.

Celebrate the new site with us – Relaunch Event on 1 Sept!

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Dear friends of lyrikline,

be there on Sunday, 1 Sept at 7pm (CEST) when the new lyrikline will be going online! We cordially invite you to celebrate with us and watch the event live stream on Heiko Strunk, the lyrikline project manager, will give us a tour of the relaunched website and all its new features and functions, we will link to partners in Nigeria, Russia and Slovenia via video, publish many new poets on the site and we will have six great lyrikline poets on stage, two of them to be published on the relaunch day:

Simen Hagerup (Norway),  Els Moors (Belgium), Steffen Popp (Germany), Pedro Sena-Lino (Portugal), Helena Sinervo (Finland) and Jan Wagner (Berlin). The lyrikline network partners Joel Scott (Australia) and Per Bergström (Sweden) will present the event.

You are invited not only to watch the event but to comment on facebook, on twitter (seems #llrelaunch is a suitable hashtag) and hopefully (still working on making this possible) also chat with us and some of the poets of the event.
The event physically takes place at ‘c-base – ›Raumstation unter Berlin Mitte‹ (Space station beneath Berlin-Mitte)’, a friendly place for IT and open source people, who kindly took us in. The languages of the event will be English and German mainly, but we’ll hear a bit of Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian and Finnish too.

See you on Sunday!

We’re excited…

The relaunch of the website has been made possible by a grant from the German Lottery Foundation, Berlin.
The event is taking place with the kind support of: c-base, Institut Ramon Llull, Royal Norwegian Embassy Berlin, Rámus Förlag, Malmö and the Swedish Embassy

The place where I write: Olli Heikkonen [Finland]

Posted in Autoren / poets, Olli Heikkonen by lyrikline on 20. March 2013
photo: Olli Heikkonen

photo: Olli Heikkonen

This is my place of poetry: behind the desk I can see some lonely concrete block of flats surrounded by trees, the built environment combined with nature. Something not too smooth and terder is just perfect for my writing.

I prefer darkness when I write. Autumns and winters are the most productive time for me. In the dark silent morning when I sit in the light of my laptop, I can hear words coming to me.

                                               Olli Heikkonen, Helsinki/Finland

Olli Heikkonen on lyrikline

Advent Calendar – 6

Posted in Autoren / poets, Harry Salmenniemi by lyrikline on 6. December 2012
Harry Salmenniemi, photo: Irmeli Jung

Harry Salmenniemi  ©Irmeli Jung

Itsenäisyyspäivä! Today, 6 December, is the Finnish National Day that celebrates Finland’s independence from the Russian Empire. Instead of flying a flag (they will have hoisted many in Finland) we present a new Finnish poet on

The 6th door of our Advent Calendar reveals

Harry Salmenniemi

(with translations into English)

Born in Jyväskylä in 1983, Harry Salmenniemi is one of the leading young experimental poets in Finland. His biggest influences are language and flarf poetry and Oulipo, but he also enjoys writing traditional poetry and prose.

Tagged with: , inauguration in Helsinki

Posted in about us by Heiko Strunk on 12. August 2010

The official opening of the Finnish edition of is going to take place in Helsinki on 26 August 2010 during the Runokuu (Poetry Moon) Festival*. It will feature a presentation of including the first five Finnish poets, prepared for us by our Finnish partners Lukukeskus/The Finnish Reading Centre and Nuoren Voiman Liitto. All new featured poets will be present and will read on that evening: Tua Forsström, Tomi Kontio, Lauri Otonkoski, Saila Susiluoto, and Johanna Venho.

The inauguration event takes place at restaurant Kaisaniemi and will start at 20:30. Afterwards, around 21:45, some ZEBRA poetry films are screened and the band Vaarallista will be playing.

Before the lyrikline inauguration there will be a poetry slam competition.

So, if you are around, join us:

Thu., 26.8., 20.30 Uhr, Lyrikline inauguration,
Ravintola (restaurant) Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniementie 6, Helsinki
Moderation Sakari Katajamäki

Many thanks go to Goethe Institut Finland for their kind support, and of course to Lukukeskus and Nuoren Voiman Liitto !!

* There´s also the Helsinki Festival going on at the same time, and Poetry Moon is a part of it. Here´s the
site, also in English inauguration in Helsinki

The official opening of the Finnish edition of will be taking place in Helsinki on 26 August 2010 during the Runokuu (Poetry Moon) Festival. It will feature a presentation of the first five Finnish poets, prepared for us by our Finnish partners Lukukeskus /The Finnish Reading Centre and Nuoren Voiman Liitto. All five featured poets will give a reading: Tua Forsström, Tomi Kontio, Lauri Otonkoski, Saila Susiluoto, Johanna Venho.

The inauguration event takes place at restaurant Kaisaniemi. It will start at 20:30 and the would be over by 21:45. After that there will be a live band playing.

Before the lyrikline inauguration there will be a poetry slam competition. The Poetry Slam Final will end around 20.00. During the half an hour break 20.00-20.30 ZEBRA poetry films will be screened.

So, if you are around please meet us there:

Do., 26.8., 20.30 Uhr, Lyrikline inauguration,

Ravintola (restaurant) Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniementie 6, Helsinki

Moderation Sakari Katajamäki

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Birthday wishes from Sirkka Knuuttila

Posted in Autoren / poets, Sirkka Knuuttila by Heiko Strunk on 23. November 2009

I send my warmest greetings to this most amazing, excellent, and well-edited international poetry website!

I want to thank for the incredible moments of joy and jouissance which it has bestowed on me and my best literary friends! Its multiplicity of languages and voices is capable of producing an indispensable feeling of emotional and ethical power residing in lyric poetry written all over the world!

Listening to the voices of writers whom we can never meet in life creates a strong sense of sharing and communality. It creates a spiritual chain over geographical, political, cultural, and temporal boundaries, which leads to energy and confidence in humanity. This is seen concretely in the writings of myself and my friend, Rauni Paalanen; especially when we introduce for the Finnish audience the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan as well as the works of living poets such as Friederike Mayröcker.  (…)

I wish – and I know – that I am going to find new challenges and topics for my future writings on, knowing through it, for example, the works of Cuti, Gozo Yashimoso, and Brigitte Oleschinski, just to mention a few of the inspiring poets.


Best wishes,
Sirkka Knuuttila, Helsinki

Sirkka Knuuttila on

New partner from Finland joins the network

Posted in about us by Heiko Strunk on 4. November 2009

Once a year the partners of come to Berlin to hold their annual International Partner Meeting and to talk about the future plans of
At this years meeting, which took place on October 30th and 31st, were, among others, the partners from Argentina, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Catalonia (Spain), Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Puebla (Mexico), Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. During the meeting topics such as  poetry & politics, editorial guidelines, communication, further collaborations, translations, website developments and the Anniversary activities were discussed.

At the end of the meeting, two partners from Finland joined the network: Lukukeskus – The Finnish Reading Centre ( and the literary magazine Nuoren Voiman Liitto (, who will work together as the Finnish partner.