Bregenz, Innsbruck The writer and essayist Hans Platzgumer receives the Otto Grünmandl Literature Prize, which is endowed with 5,000 euros. Tyrolean Minister of Culture Beate Palfrader (ÖVP) praised Platzgumer as a “critical spirit” known far beyond the state borders and reminded of his versatile artistic work. The award ceremony takes place at the Festival of Culture in autumn.
Hans Platzgumer was born in Innsbruck in 1969 and lives in Bregenz and Vienna. He studied music in Vienna and Los Angeles, moved to New York, Munich and Hamburg and released numerous recordings. Since the 2000s he has devoted himself primarily to writing. He writes novels, essays, radio plays, theater music and songs. “Am Rand” was longlisted for the German Book Prize in 2016. The Otto Grünmandl Literature Prize has been awarded every two years since 2010 in memory of the Tyrolean cabaret artist, folk actor and writer who died in 2000. With this award, the state of Tyrol honors the complete works or outstanding individual achievements of Tyrolean writers.