Theodor Fontane and Kurt Tucholsky already made the Prussian royal seat Rheinsberg accessible in their literature. Since 1995, the poets in residence have continued this tradition and have placed Rheinsberg on the intellectual map of Germany.
An overview of the previous poets in residence.
In January 2020 the book "Here Preußen should be nice. Fifty poets in residence of Rheinsberg invent a poetic province".
The poet and author Widad Nabi, who comes from Aleppo in Syria and lives in Berlin, will be Rheinsberg's 52nd poet in residence from July to November 2020.
Widad Nabi joined the opposition against Assad in Syria and had to flee to Europe in 2015.
She is a co-author of Weiter schreiben, a portal for literature and music from crisis areas. Her German tandem partner in the project is the writer Annett Gröschner (https://weiterschreiben.jetzt/kuenstlerinnen/autorinnen/widad-nabi/)
At the beginning of 2019, Sujet Verlag Bremen published her first book in German, "Frühling", a collection of poems about love, women's rights and exile.
»Poet in Residence«
Every year the museum awards the scholarship "poet in residence in Rheinsberg" to two authors. The authors find inspiration and peace for writing in a beautifully located apartment with a view of the castle park. The museum's own edition "Rheinsberger Bogen" presents the texts of the poets in residence in first publications.