Draesner also works as an author of essays on media and cultural change. In 2007 she published a collection of essays on writing and reading: Schöne Frauen lessen. Her multimedia collaborations include a space poem for Hong Kong, participation in various internet projects and SMS and video experiments. She has been awarded poetic readerships at the Universities of Kiel, Birmingham, Mainz and Bamberg, which were published as Zauber im Zoo / Magic in the Zoo in spring 2007, and sometimes teaches as a professor for Creative Writing at the Deutsche Literaturinstitut Leipzig. For her poetry and prose she received various scholarships (Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Stiftung Schloss Solitude, Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, Passa Porta Brussels, among others) and literary awards, most recently the Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Preis 2006 and the Literaturpreis Solothurn 2010.
– photo by Daniel Biskup