Andri Peer in the SLA

Andri Peer
Andri Peer relaxing on a bench outdoors, c.1977.
© SLA / heirs of Andri Peer

Born in the Lower Engadin region of Switzerland, Andri Peer trained as a teacher in Chur and then studied Romance languages in Zurich and Paris, completing his dissertation in 1951 on the terminology of the farmhouse in Graubünden. Between 1952 and 1983 he worked as a grammar school teacher in Winterthur. Peer was an important Romansh poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and commentator who brought many innovations to the genres in which he worked. Between 1946 and 1985 he published numerous volumes of poetry in Romansh as well as several volumes of stories in Romansh and German.

Influenced by European modernism (Symbolism, Hermetism), Peer developed new forms of free-verse Romansh poetry.

Andri Peer was not only a productive writer for the print media and radio but also an editor, commentator and mediator active in numerous regional, national and international bodies.

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