Ramy Al-Asheq – رامي العاشق 2018-10-15T10:20:11+00:00


Ramy Al-Asheq is a poet,  journalist and curator based in Berlin

He published three poetry collections in Arabic. Many of his texts have been published in anthologies and literature magazines in Bosnian, English, French, German, Kurdish and Spanish. Some of his texts were translated into songs, performances and works of fine art.

In 2014 Al-Asheq came to Germany a with writer’s scholarship from Heinrich Boell foundation. After one year he received a literature award from Al-Qattan foundation in Ramallah. In 2017 he launched the German-Arabic culture magazine FANN. In addition he works as a curator for Literaturhaus Berlin and he is co-founder of Arabisch-deutschen Literaturtage festival in Berlin. In 2018 he was selected as a fellow of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, and won two artist-in-residency scholarships from Künstlerhaus Lukas (Arenshoop) and  Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.



In 2014 Al-Asheq published his first book Walking on Dreams (سيرًا على الأحلام), a collection of poems about the Syrian revolution. He has read his poetry at various cultural and literary venues, and has participated in the Leipzig Book Fair 2016 and 2017, the “Arabic Literature Days” in Zurich 2016, the Ruhr Book Fair 2016, Literature House in Munich 2017, the festival “Literature from Syria” in Cologne 2017, Berlin Poetry Festival 2017, Literature Festival Munich and Berlin Poetry Festival 2018.

In February 2015, he was awarded a prize for young authors from Al-Qattan Foundation (Ramallah) for his collection of poetry In My Travel Outfit (لابس تياب السفر) in Syrian spoken language.

In 2016 Al-Asheq published Since I Didn’t Die (مذ لم أمت), a collection of prose texts written between 2014 and 2016. Some of these texts have been translated into German, English, and Bosnian. In November 2016, Al-Asheq contributed a prose text to the anthology Weg sein – hier sein, which showcases 19 Syrian, Iranian and Yemeni writers who are living in exile in Germany.

In 2018 Al-Asheq published his first book in English and in German in the art book GREY IS THE NEW PINK, Which is about the art exhibition about AGING in World Culture Museum in Frankfurt

In 2018, he contributed texts to the anthologies Das Herz verlässt keinen Ort, an dem es hängt, Wir Sind Hier and La Valeur décimale du bonheur




Weltkulturen Museum & Kerber Verlag, Frankfurt 2018

In My Travel Outfit
(لابس تياب السفر)

Al-Qattan Foundation & Al-Ahlieah Publisher, Ramallah & Amman 2017

Since I Didn’t Die
(مذ لم أمُت)

Citizen House publisher, Beirut 2016

Walking on Dreams
(سيرًا على الأحلام)

Al-Ayyam Publisher, Amman 2014

Das Herz verlässt keinen Ort, an dem es hängt

Ullstein Verlag, 2018

Wir Sind Hier

Allitera Verlag, 2018

La Valeur décimale du bonheur

La Maison de la poésie Rhône-Alpes, 2018

Weg sein – hier sein

Secession Verlag, 2016

Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

Academy of Art (2018)

One of the two fellowship holders of literature department

Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (2018)

Literature grant and residency

Künstlerhaus Lukas  (2018)

Literature grant and residency

Best international entrepreneur of the year –  (2017)

MonyGram Award for founding Abwab Newspaper

Young Author Award – (2015)

Special prize and and publication grant

Heinrich Boell Haus 2014

Creative writing fellowship 



In December 2017, Al-Asheq and the German journalist Lilian Pithan launched FANN, a cultural magazine in Arabic and German. It aims to spread the word about artists and authors from the Arabic as well as German speaking countries by facilitating better exchange and understanding between different linguistic communities.

In December 2015, Al-Asheq and New German Media launched Abwab, the first Arabic newspaper in Germany. Al-Asheq was its editor in chief for two years. As a journalist, he has taken part in various conferences on integration, refugees, xenophobia, and journalism, which were organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, taz, New York University (Italy) and Humanity in Action.

From September 2014 to June 2016, Al-Asheq was the cultural editor of Rising for Freedom, a Syrian print and online magazine. He has also published several articles in German newspapers, among them taz, fluter, and Kölner Stadtrevue.


Arabic-German culture magazine


The first Arabic newspaper in Germany

Rising for Freedom

A Syrian semi monthly independent magazine.




Weltkulturen Museum



Al-Asheq’s texts founded a place on stage, both as theater plays or poetry performances. Usually it is presented in many languages. In addition, Al-Asheq wrote a theater play called “Eesh!” Arabic of “Live!” in 2018.

Kind Of, 2018 (Haifa / Berlin)

Directed by: Ofira Henig. Production: Schaubühne

Journey, 2018 (Leverkusen)

Directed by: Brian Michaels. Production: Bayer Kultur