Astrid Alben is a new and original voice in English poetry, serious and uncompromising. Innovative and energetic, Ai! Ai! Pianissimo is Astrid's first collection.
Astrid read English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. Since 2006 her poems and reviews have been published in magazines such as The Wolf, Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, TLS, Stand and Shearsman. Alben has translated the poems of several Dutch contemporary poets, including the complete œuvre of F. van Dixhoorn.
In 2004 Alben co-founded the Pars Foundation. Pars collects the findings - such as architectural sketches, articles, music scores, research data, journal excerpts - of renowned and emerging artists and scientists and binds these in a publications series. Findings on Ice (2007) and Findings on Elasticity (2011) were published as part of the Atlas of Creative Thinking.