The winner of the People’s Poet Prize in the Science Haiku Competition 2019 is a professional tech communicator who decided to try her luck as a science poet: Silke Kramprich. With quite some success, as it turned out!

Congratulations, Silke. Please tell us about your background and how you became interested in poetry!
My field is international technical communication, focusing on photonics and related fields. Before the Haiku competition, poetry had not played a role for my work, but the term “Haiku” caught my attention and I liked the concept from the start. Although having no experience with science poems, I decided to give it a try.

Who are your favorite poets?
I like Simone de Beauvoir’s „Vive les mariés”, “Heut seid Ihr alle eingeladen” by Stefan Sulke and “Road to Heaven” by Jimmy Cornett.

Regarding your own writing, what do you consider your most important work?
There is not one most important work (yet), but perhaps there will be in the future.

Apart from the artistic dimension, do you think science poetry can be useful? In what way?
Absolutely. Science poetry has the potential to stir the attention of people with a weakness for lyrics. In that way, science poetry can open up a communication channel to completely new target groups in society.

Please give three pieces of advice to aspiring science poets!

Finally: recommend some reading!

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • The reward and risk of social media for academics by Ben Britton, Chris Jackson, Jessica Wade at https://osf.io/bnyfd/
  • The discovery of slowness by Sten Nadolny
  • Social technologies in business – connect | share | lead by Isabel de Clercq
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