Residencies and Awards

Di Lu Galay (Myanmar)

This new residency allows ten months of research and writing time and the sharing of experiences with other writers and the public in monthly zoom events on the theme of "memoir writing".

As part of his virtual residency, a book of poetry by Di Lu Galay will be published in April by Parasitenpresse, Cologne. Writer and poet Artur Becker translated the poems into German.

Di Lu Galay (born 1986) is one of the young poets playing an important role in the latest generation of poets in Burma. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he organized the poetry festival called “Midnight Poetry Festival” on Facebook – a quite remarkable event among the late poetry generation. And the recordings of the poems from 2013 Midnight Poetry Festival were published as a book. In 2014 he (and other four poets) published a poetry collection, “Jiva Faut Pyan Mhu.”

Di Lu Galay is amongst the contributors of the Burma-based electronic arts journal Be Untexed. He has also participated in our workshop "Violent Memories - Transformation and Trauma" in Yangon/Myanmar in April 2017 which is an collaboration of the Sylt Foundation and the Burma-based electronic arts journal Be Untexed.

Di Lu Galay amongst the participants of our workshop "Violent Memories" in Yangon/Myanmar 2017

Di Lu Galays poems, based on very revolutionary concepts of current social conditions of Burma, express the messages in very abstract ways, making Message-to-Message-Fertilization, which leads to another messages. And using expansion of images, very minimalistic words and a lot of Imaginary layers, he makes his poetry get eternal depth and expedition. Some said that his work has a lot of neo-surrealistic reflections, and questions the origins of human value, too.

From international sources he also translates international poetry from English into Burmese. Plus he was a former editor of Hnin Si Phyu Literature journal. His poems and translations have appeared in several local periodicals and poetry anthologies.