Jan Kaus

Jan Kaus (b. 1971) is an Estonian writer, translator and essayist. He has published poetry books, short stories, essays and six novels. Between 2004 and 2007, he was the chairperson of Estonian Writer’s Union and he has worked as a literature journalist in Sirp, the biggest cultural publication in Estonia. In addition, he actively promotes the Estonian literature and he is one of the founders of the Head Read literature festival.

Kaus’ books have been translated in Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian, German, Hungarian and Romanian. He has edited a prose collection The Dedalus Book of Estonian Literature (Dedalus, 2011) and a contemporary poetry anthology in Finnish Ajattelen koko ajan rahaa (WSOY, 2006). Kaus has translated eight Finnsh novels in Estonian (e.g. from Sofi Oksanen, Tommi Kinnunen and Jari Tervo) and poems and plays as well.

In 2015, Kaus was awarded the National culture award of Estonia for his novel Ma olen elus and for his miniature short story collection Tallinna kaart. In 2019 he was awarded the recognized Friedebert Tuglas short story prize.