Kaupo Meiel

Kaupo Meiel (1975) is an Estonian poet and journalist. His literary debut Polügrafisti käsiraamat (2006) was one of the first books published by the Ji publishers in its poetry series and was notable for its experimental and conceptual approach, dealing with issues of writing and printing. Meiel is one of the Estonian poets emerging in the late 2000s whose work highlights the possibilities of puns and wordplay. Since his book Eesti elulood (2008), Meiel has written poetry rich in aphorisms, wordplay and punchlines. In recent years, he has been mostly active as a cultural journalist and also as a consultant for the only literary television programme in Estonia, Kirjandusministeerium (Ministry of Literature) – which is why he has been called the chancellor for the Minister for Literature. In 2016, Meiel was awarded the fifth class Order of the White Star.

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