Shane Anderson

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(moderator)  is the author of Études des Gottnarrenmaschinen (Broken Dimanche Press), Soft Passer (Mindmade Books) and Meditasjoner over melaniske stråler (Beijing Trondheim Forlag; translated by Mathias R. Samuelsen). >> mehr

Hannes Bajohr

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(linguistic philosopher) born 1984 in Berlin, is a philosopher and a writer. He received his PhD with a dissertation on Hans Blumenberg’s philosophy of language from Columbia University, New York, and is currently a researcher at Berlin’s Center for Literary and Cultural Research. Together with Gregor Weichbrodt, Bajohr founded 0x0a, a writer’s collective for digital conceptual literature. Latest publications: Timidities (Berlin: Readux, 2015), Monologue (Berlin: Frohmann, 2017), Durchschnitt: Roman (Berlin: Frohmann, 2015), Halbzeug: Textverarbeitung (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2018). >> mehr

Daniel Brunet

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(translator) is a director, performer, producer and translator. He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1979 and studied theater and film at Boston College. He moved to Berlin in 2001 with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship and began a career as a freelance theater maker. Brunet founded THE LAB at English Theatre Berlin during his 2003/2004 directing residency. He was the Associate Director/Associate Producer of German Theater Abroad in Berlin and New York from 2005 to 2008.  His directorial work has been seen at venues including Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Performance Space 122, New York. >> mehr

Ann Cotten

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(author) is an author and translator, born in Ames (Iowa, USA) in 1982 who now splits her time between Berlin and Vienna. In 2007 her first poetry collection "Fremdwörterbuchsonette“ was published and was the recipient of the Reinhart-Priessnitz-Preis (2007) and the Clemens-Brentano Preis (2008). In 2014 she received the Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preis, a verse epic "Verbannt!" was published in 2016. >> mehr

Max Czollek

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(literary activist) was born in 1987 in Berlin, where he now lives as a freelance author. Since 2009 cooperation in the poetry collective G13 on joint reading tours, writing workshops and publications. Work for the Maxim Gorki Theater, including Disintegration. A Congress of Contemporary Jewish Positions (May 2016) and the Radical Jewish Culture Days (November 2017). >> mehr

Christine Daum-Farber

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(moderator) commutes between Berlin and New York. She married a New Yorker and works as a TV journalist, filmmaker and cinematographer, most notably for the ZDF and 3sat. Since 1994, she has traveled the world, producing more than 300 pieces for culture and science shows. >> mehr

Jeremy M. Davies

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(author) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of The Knack of Doing (David R. Godine, 2016), a collection of short fiction, as well as the novels Rose Alley (2009) and Fancy (2015). He is an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and sits on the advisory board of Dorothy, a Publishing Project. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's MagazineThe Brooklyn Rail, and The White Review. >> mehr

Gabriel Don

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(author) is a multidisciplinary artist or renaissance woman who works in a variety of mediums. Don works across the arts as a filmmaker, artist, photographer, writer, musician, event coordinator and professor. She received her  MFA in creative writing at The New School, where she worked as the Reading Series and Chapbook Competition Coordinator. >> mehr

Gregor Dotzauer

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(moderator) has been the literary editor of Berlin's "Tagesspiegel" since 1999. Born 1962 in Bayreuth. Studied German, philosophy and musicology in Würzburg and Frankfurt am Main. From the mid-1980s he wrote on literature and film for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and the "Zeit", later also for the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". In 2004 he was Critic-in-Residence at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 2014 he received a scholarship from the Goethe-Institut in Beijing. 2009 Alfred Kerr Prize for Literary Criticism. >> mehr

Gerhard Falkner

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(author) born in 1951 in Schwabach, is a German poet, playwright, essayist and translator. After completing his bookseller training, Falkner lived in London and published poems and prose in artist books and magazines such as Bateria and Lettre International in the mid-1970s. He made his debut with the poetry collection "so beginnen am körper die tage" in 1981 (Luchterhand Verlag). He has published numerous volumes of poetry, including "Hölderlin Reparatur", for which he received the Peter Huchel Prize in 2009, and most recently the poetry collection "Ignatien" (2014), with pictures by Yves Netzhammer. His novel "Apollokalypse" was nominated for the German Book Prize 2016. Falkner lives in Bavaria and Berlin. >> mehr

Edwin Frank

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(author) was born in 1960 in Boulder, Colorado (USA) and attended Harvard College before studying art history at Columbia University. He founded New York Review Books (NYRB) Classic in 1999 and has been working as a publisher for his own publishing house ever since. Frank also works as a poet and has published several volumes of poetry >> mehr

Jo Frank

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(publisher) is a multilingual author, translator, publisher at Verlagshaus Berlin and managing director of the Jewish Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES). He grew up in Southend-on-Sea (UK), Kiel and Heidelberg. >> mehr

Karin Graf

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(literary agent) leads one of the most renowned literary agencies of the German-speaking area. M.A. in German, English and Philosophy from the University of Cologne. Many years as a freelance translator, among others for Rudyard Kipling, Malcolm Lowry, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Susan Sontag, numerous prizes and awards for literary translations. >> mehr

Hana Gründler

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(cultural scientist) philosopher, art historian, literary translator, permanent Senior Research Scholar and principal investigator of the "Ethics and Architecture"-project at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut. In her PhD entitled Die Dunkelheit der Episteme. Zur Kunst des aufmerksamen Sehens she investigated the complex dialectics between ethics, seeing and art >> mehr

Norbert Gstrein

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(author) was born in 1961 in Tyrol and lives in Hamburg. He studied mathematics in Innsbruck and later attended seminars in philosophy of language in Stanford and Erlangen. In 1988 he was a guest at the Literary Colloquium Berlin, received his doctorate with the dissertation "Logik der Fragen" and published his first narrative "Einer" (Suhrkamp, 1988). He has received the Alfred Döblin Prize, the Uwe Johnson Prize and the literature prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, among others.  His works include "Die englischen Jahre" (Roman, Suhrkamp, 1999), "Die Winter im Süden" (Roman, Hanser, 2008), "Die ganze Wahrheit" (Hanser, 2010).  His latest novel "Die kommenden Jahre" was published by Hanser Verlag in 2018. >> mehr

Ulrich Gutmair

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(moderator) works as cultural editor at the alternative Berlin newspaper taz. He was born in May 1968 in the Bavarian-Swabian town of Dillingen on the Danube. Two weeks before the fall of the Wall he moved to Berlin to study history and journalism. The anarchic years after 1989 were described in his book "Die ersten Tage von Berlin. The Sound der Wende" (The First Days of Berlin. The Sound of  the Revolution). >> mehr

Sean Haefeli

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(jazz poet)  the Indianapolis-born and Berlin-based jazz poet, vocalist/emcee/pianist debuted his first album in ’02. Since then, he has gained a reputation as an adept lyricist, highly skilled pianist and versatile vocalist. While unmistakably contemporary, Sean’s music bridges the gap between the classic and cutting-edge. However, with his distinctive skill set and compositional flair, he inhabits a space all his own. With his Berlin trio he will be the musical guest of our opening event! >> mehr

Graham Hains

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(photographer) is an Australian artist who specializes in photographic portraits. For stadtsprachen magazin he creates portraits of Berlins international authors since 2016 and will also take the pictures of the guests and events of our festival. >> mehr

Brittany Hazelwood

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(editor)  is a New York-based attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in the Intellectual Property Group where she advises corporate clients and arts-related and social-justice pro bono organizations including the Times Square Alliance, PEN American Center, Black TV and Film Project and The Bronx Defenders. For the past eight years, she has directed Festival Neue Literatur and is the current Managing Editor for STILL Magazine. >> mehr

Martin Jankowski

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(moderator/festival director) born in Greifswald (East Germany) in 1965, is a Berlin-based writer and poet who started his career in the eighties as a singer-songwriter in the oppositional movement in Leipzig. Though the STASI’s ‘operational procedures’ banned his texts, his songs and poems became popular during the Monday demonstrations that finally led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the GDR. His works were translated into 17 languages and were granted awards like the annual German Literary Science and Philosophy Prize (1998) or the Alfred Doeblin Scholarship of the German Academy of Arts (2006). >> mehr

Marlene Kienberger

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(moderator) a freelance journalist and writer. She studied Slavic Studies and Philosophy in Vienna, St. Petersburg and Berlin and is currently doing her Master in Philosophy at Humboldt University Berlin. >> mehr

Julia Kissina

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(moderator, festival curator) novelist, was born in 1966 in Kiev, Ukraine and belongs to the most radical group of contemporary Russian writersShe moved to Germany in 1990 and lives in Berlin and in New York. She studied dramatic writing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow and in the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. As a Visiting Professor of Photography, she taught at the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design as well as The Rodchenko Art School in Moscow. >> mehr

Helmut Krausser

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(author) was born in Esslingen am Neckar in 1964 and grew up in Munich. He is a German writer, poet, playwright and composer.  In 1993 Krausser was awarded the Tukan Prize of the City of Munich for his novel "Melodien". With numerous other novels, stories, volumes of poetry, theatre and radio plays as well as a diary project and a libretto, Krausser has gained a firm place in the German literary scene. In 2017, his script for the film „Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid“ (producer: Lars Montag) was nominated for the Deutscher Filmpreis (in the category of best screenplay). >> mehr

William Cody Maher

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(author) is a writer and performance artist. He was born in San Francisco in 1950. From 2001 to 2008 he collaborated with dancer Tony Rizzi as performer and writer in "Judy Was Angry" and "Being Human". In 2006 he met Carl Weissner who translated his poems and they performed their works together. In 2010 he traveled to America with the photographer Signe Mähler, and they shot the documentary "Down Southern Roads", a road movie through America's troubled South. His collaboration with the musician Jochen Seiterle resulted in the CD "Blind Date with Love" (Fixcel Records 2016). >> mehr

Marko Martin


(author) born in 1970, left the GDR in May 1989 as a conscientious objector and lives, if not journeying, as a writer in Berlin. In 2000, his highly acclaimed novel "Der Prinz von Berlin" was published. His volumes of stories "Schlafende Hunde" and "Die Nacht von San Salvador" were published in the Anderen Bibliothek, among others. Recent publications: "Madiba Days - Eine  südafrikanische Reise", "Tel Aviv - Schatzkästchen und Nussschale, darin die ganze Welt" and the story collection "Umsteigen in Babylon". >> mehr

Marina B. Neubert

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(moderator) was born in Lviv, lived in Moscow and came to Germany in the early 1990s. Her young adult novel "Bella und das Mädchen aus dem Schtetl" was published by Ariella Verlag in 2015. Marina B. Neubert lives as an author and university lecturer in Berlin. Recent novel Kaddisch für Babuschka, Aviva Verlag 2018. >> mehr

Catharine J. Nicely

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(moderator) is a publisher in Berlin. Studied art, art history and German at Syracuse University, N.Y./USA, Florence, Italy and Kiel. 2008 founder of PalmArtPress, an independent German and English publishing house: literature, art books, philosophy, poetry. Since 2011, the publishing house has been expanded with a gallery, a sales shop and a venue. >> mehr

Idra Novey

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(author) is the author of the novels Those Who Knew, forthcoming in November 2018, and Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. >> mehr

Eugene Ostashevsky

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(author) born in Leningrad in 1968, is a Russian-American poet and professor of literature. In 1979 his family emigrated to the US. He grew up bilingually in Brooklyn, New York and studied comparative literature at Stanford University. During his studies he was a member of the writers' collective 9x9 Industries and the performance artists' group Vainglorious. In 2005 he published his first volume of poetry "Iterature" (Ugly Ducking Press, New York). Ostashevsky also teaches literature at New York University. >> mehr

Bert Papenfuß

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(author) is a poet, born 1956 in Stavenhagen (Germany) who now lives in Berlin, where his career as a writer began in 1980. However, because of the strict regime in the GDR his publication opportunities were limited, so he used concerts of Punk bands to present his texts. Furthermore Papenfuß  is the editor and publisher of the magazines Sklaven, GEGNER and Abwärts! He publishes a lot of his own work and is said to be the most famous poet in the Berlin underground community. >> mehr

Sophia Petrides

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(artist) is a Greek artist based in New York and Berlin. Educated in Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research in New York where acquired a Bachelor in Sculpture. She holds a Degree of Political Sciences of Pantios University in Athens, Greece. She also studied literature and photography at Deere College in Athens, Greece, and drawing and painting in private institutions. Her work is a multidisciplinary intersections of installation art, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and sound.  For the final of our festival, she will perform her sound film "Breathing with the room" in the dome hall of the Silent Green. >> mehr

Monika Rinck

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(author) was born in 1969 in Zweibrücken. She studied religious studies, history and comparative literature in Bochum, Berlin and Yale University. She writes poetry, prose and essays, which she has published in various publishing houses, anthologies and literary journals (including BELLA triste, Edit, Poetenladen) and works as a translator. Her most important volumes of poetry include: "Verzückte Fernanzen" (2004), "zum fernbleiben der umarmung" (2007), "Helle Verwirrung" (2009) and "Honigprotokolle" (kookbooks, 2012). Monika Rinck received the Peter Huchel Prize in 2013 for "Honigprotokolle". >> mehr

Andreas Rötzer

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(publisher) was born in 1971, studied in Passau and Paris and received his doctorate in philosophy in 2003. In 2004 he took over the Munich publishing house Matthes & Seitz, with whom he moved to Berlin in the same year. >> mehr

Jill Schoolman

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(publisher) was born in 1968, grew up in Kansas City and is the founder, editor and chief editor of the Brooklyn-based press house Archipelago Books. Archipelago Books only publishes foreign-language literature, and more than 170 books have already been translated from 38 languages by some of the world's best authors. She herself founded her passion for languages through her childhood in a "landlocked", isolated place, so the urge to travel had become ever greater. Schoolman is fluent in French, a little Spanish and Italian. >> mehr

Sophie Seita

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(translator) is an artist, writer, researcher, and translator. She's the editor of a facsimile reprint of "The Blind Man" (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017); the translator of Uljana Wolf's "i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where" (Wonder, 2015) and "Subsisters: Selected Poems" (Belladonna*, 2017), for which she received a PEN/Heim Grant. Currently, she holds a post-doctoral fellowship at Queens' College, University of Cambridge. >> mehr

Monique Truong

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(author) lives in New York. Her first novel “The Book of Salt” was translated into several languages and was the recipient of multiple awards, such as the Barbara Gittings Book Award and the Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her essays were published in the New York Times, O Magazine and othersFurthermore, Truong is the vice president of the Authors Guild, a member of the Creative Advisory Council for Hedgebrook and the Advisory Committee of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network. >> mehr

Senthuran Varatharajah

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(author) was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 1984. Four months later his family escaped to Germany. In 2016, his award-winning debut novel "Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen" was published to acclaim. >> mehr

Frank Wegner

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(editor) is editor and program director for international literature at Suhrkamp Verlag and translates fiction from English, French and Spanish. He studied literature and philosophy in Freiburg, Paris and Cambridge. >> mehr

Uljana Wolf

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(author) was born on 6 April 1979 in East-Berlin. She studied German philology, cultural sciences and anglicistics in Berlin and Krakow. The poet has published four volumes of poetry, most recently "Wandernde Errands“ (Das Wunderhorn, 2016). In addition to her work as a writer, Wolf also works as a translator, lecturer and editor (Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2009). Wolf has won numerous prizes for her achievements, both as a writer and as a translator, including the Erlangen Prize for Poetry as Translation and the Adalbert von Chamisso Prize. She lives in Berlin and New York, where she teaches seminars on poetry and translation. >> mehr

Chavisa Woods

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(author) was born in Sandoval, Illinois. She is a prose writer, poet and performance artist. Her texts have appeared in numerous publications such as the Tin House, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review and many others. She has won the Cobalt Fiction Prize, The Jerome Foundation Award for Emerging Authors and was a two-time finalist for the Lambda Award. Her first book "Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind" was published in 2009. >> mehr

Peter Wortsman

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(author) is an author, playwright and translator. He was born in New York in 1952. Dubbed a "20th-century Brother Grimm” (Bloomsbury Review) and "a delinquent Hans Christian Andersen” (by playwright Mark O’Donnell), Peter Wortsman’s publications include two books of short fiction, "A Modern Way To Die" (1991) and "Footprints in Wet Cement" (2017); a travel memoir, "Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray" (2013)—recipient of an Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY); a novel, "Cold Earth Wanderers" (2014); and two stage plays, "The Tattooed Man Tells All" (2000) and "Burning Words" (2006). >> mehr

Matvei Yankelevich

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(publisher) born in Moscow in 1973 and moved to New York City when he was four years old. Today he lives in Brooklyn. His works include the fragmentary novel "Boris by the Sea" (2009), a collected prose work "Alpha Donut: The Selected Shorter Works of Matvei Yankelevich" (2012) and several popular books, such as "Writing in the Margin" (2001) and the epic poem "The Present Work" (2006). Yankelevich is well known as a literary translator. In addition, he is the co-founder and co-executive director of Ugly Duckling Press, curates the Eastern European Poets Series and is editor of the magazine 6x6. >> mehr