Jan Kaus 
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Jan Kaus 
Author

photo © Külli Kaus
* 22.01.1971, Tallinn, Estonia
lives in: Tallinn, Estonia

Jan Kaus (1971) is a writer, translator, and essayist. He has published collections of poetry, short stories, miniatures, essays, and six novels. Kaus was chairman of the Estonian Writers’ Union from 2004–2007 and has worked as an editor of the essay and literature sections of Sirp, Estonia’s largest cultural publication. In addition to writing, Kaus is actively involved in planning and promoting Estonian literary events, being a co-founder and organizer of the annual Head Read international literature festival in Tallinn.

 photo © Külli Kaus
Kaus has likewise focused on various forms of creative expression aside of writing. He plays guitar, keyboard, and bass in the indie band Jan Helsing, which has released two full-length albums to date. He has worked closely with the Estonian composer Märt-Matis Lill to write libretti for three of Lill’s pieces, including two operas.
The author has participated in art exhibitions and illustrated a number of books. At Kaus’s initiative in March 2018, a troupe of authors and actors premiered their performance Stiiliharjutused (Exercises in Style), which weaves together various artistic methods and in which Kaus himself also takes the stage. Kaus has served on the creative boards of several Estonian theaters and is a member of the Estonian Union of Film Critics. 

Publications
  • Enne kui unisusest saab reegel

    (short stories)

    Tallinn: Post Factum, 2018

  • Kompass

    (novel)

    Tallinn: Hea Lugu, 2017

  • Läheduste raamat

    (miniatures)

    Tallinn: Verb, 2016

  • Tõrv

    (short stories)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2015

  • Kaart ja teekond

    (short stories)

    Pärnu: Jumalikud Ilmutused, 2014

  • Ma olen elus

    (novel)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2014

  • Tallinna kaart. Miniatuurid

    (miniatures)

    Tallinn: Kultuurileht, 2014

  • Koju

    (novel)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2012

  • Hetk

    (novel)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2009

  • Miniatuurid

    (miniatures)

    Pärnu: Jumalikud Ilmutused, 2009

  • Tema

    (novel)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2006

  • Aeg on vaha

    (poetry)

    Tallinn: Verb, 2005

  • Õndsate tund

    (short stories)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2003

  • Läbi Minotauruse

    (essays)

    Tallinn: Sirp, 2003

  • Maailm ja mõni

    (novel)

    Tallinn: Õigem Valem, 2001

  • Üle ja ümber

    (short stories)

    Tallinn: Tuum, 2000

Awards
  • 2019 Friedebert Tuglas Short Story Award

  • 2018 Estonian Theatre Music Award

  • Estonian Cultural Endowment's Award for Prose 2015

  • Estonian Writer of the Year 2015

  • 2015 Tallinn University Literary Award

  • 2007 Eduard Vilde Literary Award

  • 2003 E.W. Ponkala Foundation Prize

  • 2003 Young Cultural Figure Award

  • 2001 Looming Prize for Criticism

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