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Ronald M. Schernikau

Ronald M. Schernikau was born in 1960 in Magdeburg, East Germany and grew up in Hanover, West Germany. After completing his Abitur in 1980, he moved to West Berlin and studied German literature,...

Ulrike Ulrich

Ulrike Ulrich was born in 1968 in Düsseldorf, and currently lives as a freelance writer in Zürich. In Vienna she worked at the poetry school. In Rome she was a guest at the...

Bettina Suleiman

Bettina Suleiman, born in Dessau in 1978, published her debut novel, Auswilderung, with Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, in 2014. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Die Zeit and the...

Simone Kornappel

Simone Kornappel was born in 1978 in Bonn, Germany. She is the copublisher of Randnummer literaturhefte.

Deniz Utlu

Deniz Utlu was born in Hannover. He lives in Berlin, and has been honored with the Ulrich-Beer-Prize for young writers in 2010 and has been a fellow at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB)....

Noemi Schneider

Born in 1982 in Munich, Noemi Schneider studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, specializing in documentary film directing and television journalism. Since 2008 she has worked as...

Marianna Salzmann

Marianna Salzmann is a freelance writer who lives in Berlin and Istanbul. She studied literature/theater/media at the University of Hildesheim and scenic writing at the Berlin University of the...

Isabelle Lehn

Isabelle Lehn was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1979. She studied rhetoric, pedagogy and cultural anthropology in Tübingen, where she earned a doctorate in philosophy. As a postdoc, she studied...

Francis Nenik

Francis Nenik works as a farmer and writes in his free time. He has published several novels. Current works include XO (a novel in the form of a loose-leaf collection) as well as a...

Stephanie Bart

Stephanie Bart was born in Esslingen in 1965. She moved to Berlin in 2001 and spent nine years driving a rickshaw. Last year she published her historical novel Deutscher Meister, about the Sinto...

Zoran Drvenkar

Zoran Drvenkar was born in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Germany when he was three years old. He has been working as a writer since 1989 and very much enjoys moving between genres. He has written...

Mely Kiyak

Mely Kiyak, the daughter of Kurdish Turks, was born in Germany in 1976. She is a journalist and columnist, and her work appears in various newspapers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,...

Vladimir Vertlib

Vladimir Vertlib was born in 1966 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). In 1971 his family began an immigration odyssey from the Soviet Union to Israel, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United...

Anja Kampmann

Anja Kampmann holds an MFA in poetry and fiction from the German Literature Institute and was a writer in residence at the International Writing Program in Iowa City in 2010. A...

Andreas Eschbach

Andreas Eschbach, born in 1959 in Ulm, studied aviation and aerospace engineering and worked as a software developer. He is the author of Die Haarteppichknüpfer, Das Jesus Video, Der letzte...

Finn-Ole Heinrich

Finn-Ole Heinrich was born in 1982. His short story collection Die Taschen Voll Wasser was published by mairisch Verlag in 2005, earning enthusiastic reactions from readers and critics....

Patrick Hofmann

Patrick Hofmann was born in 1971 in Borna. He studied philosophy and German studies in Berlin, Leipzig, and Strasbourg, and wrote a dissertation on Husserl’s theory of description. After...

Markus Orths

Markus Orths was born in 1969, lives in Karlsruhe, has written a number of short stories and novels (Catalina, Das Lehrerzimmer, Das Zimmermaedchen) and has received several major literary...

Thomas Brasch

Thomas Brasch was a German playwright, novelist, poet, translator, and director.  Although born in Yorkshire, England, (Feb. 19, 1945) as the son of Jewish immigrants, his childhood and...

Burkhard Spinnen

Burkhard Spinnen was born in Mönchengladbach in 1956 and lives as a writer in Münster. He has received many awards for his work, among them the aspekte Literature Award, the...

Mario Wirz

Mario Wirz was born in 1954 in Marburg and has been living in Berlin since 1988. He is an actor, director, and writer. His most recent volumes of lyric poetry are Sieben Leben hat die Woche...

Gunther Geltinger

Gunther Geltinger was born in 1974 in Erlenbach am Main, Germany. He studied screenwriting and dramaturgy in Vienna and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He took part in the Prose...

Anant Kumar

Anant Kumar, a writer in the German language, was born in Bihar (India). He is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose in German, the most recent of which is The Moon and Its Boredom.

Alina Bronsky

Born in Jekaterinburg, Russia, in 1978, Bronsky now lives in Frankfurt, Germany. Broken Glass Park, nominated for the prestigious Bachmann Prize, is her first novel. Alina Bronsky is a...

Günter Kunert

Günter Kunert, one of the best and most versatile German-language writers today, has received numerous prizes for his poetry and prose. Born in Berlin in 1929, he was "encouraged"...

Stefan Heym

Stefan Heym (1913–2001) was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and emigrated to America during the Nazi era in the early 1930s. He served in the US forces in Europe with distinction, and...

Uwe Kolbe

Uwe Kolbe was born in East Berlin in 1957. He first published his poetry in Sinn und Form in 1976. In addition to nine collections of poetry, he has also published five other works:...

Kathrin Aehnlich

Kathrin Aehnlich, engineer turned successful author, began her writing career in 1985 at the Deutsches Literatur Institut in Leipzig. Her creative final paper, “When I am grown up—I...

Thomas Pletzinger

Thomas Pletzinger was born in 1975 in Münster, Germany, graduated from Hamburg University with an MA in American Studies, and subsequently worked for publishers and a literary scouting...

Uwe Mengel

Uwe Mengel was born in Bergen on the Baltic Island of Ruegen. He studied theology at Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena, East Germany. He continued his studies after his escape to West...

Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966) was the author of The Mass Ornament, From Caligari to Hitler, Theory of Film and many other seminal works on modernity. From 1921 to 1933 he worked as...

Harald Weinrich

Born in 1927, Harald Weinrich is a German essayist, poet, linguist, and literary scholar. He is professor emeritus of Romance Literature at the College de France and has also held chairs and...

Alfred Döblin

Alfred Döblin was born in Stettin in 1878. His most successful novel was Berlin Alexanderplatz, published by S. Fischer in 1929. In 1933 Döblin emigrated to France and then to the...

Michael Kleeberg

The novelist Michael Kleeberg was born in Stuttgart in 1959. He grew up in Böblingen and Hamburg, where he later studied political science and visual communication. After extended stays in...

Peter Utz

Peter Utz is a professor of German Literature at the University of Lausanne. His research interests include Modern German Literature from the 18th century, Swiss German Literature, literary...

Uwe Timm

Uwe Timm was born in Hamburg in 1940. He is the co-founder of AutorenEdition and served as editor from 1972 to 1982. Timm also co-published the literary journal Literarische Hefte....

Franziska Gerstenberg

Franziska Gerstenberg, born in Dresden in 1979, studied at the Institute for German Literature in Leipzig and lives in Hannover. She was the co-editor of the literary magazine EDIT and has...

Elke R. Steiner

Elke R. Steiner is a comic book artist and illustrator. Born in 1971 in Bremen, she studied arts and visual communication in Münster/ Westfalen. Since 2000 she has lived and...

Jenny Erpenbeck

Jenny Erpenbeck (b. 1967) works as a freelance writer and director in Berlin. Her publications in English include The Old Child (New Directions, 2005)and The Book of Words (New Directions,...

Jakob Arjouni

Jakob Arjouni was born in Frankfurt in 1964. He has written novels, plays, screenplays, and the mystery series Happy Birthday, Turk!, One Man, One Murder, and Kismet. His other publications...

Günter de Bruyn

Günter de Bruyn was born in Berlin in 1926. His novels, historical biographies and cultural commentary on post-unification Germany have earned him a reputation as one of Germany's most...

Navid Kermani

Navid Kermani was born in Siegen in 1967. He studied Islamic Studies, Philosophy and Theatre Studies at universities in Cologne, Cairo and Bonn. He completed his doctorate in Islamic Studies. He...

Esther Kinsky

Esther Kinsky was born in 1956 in Engelkirchen, Germany and after living in the UK for a decade, now lives in Hungary. She is considered one of the most distinguished translators from Polish...

Matthias Politycki

Matthias Politycki was born in 1955 in Karlsruhe. He became a freelance writer in 1990, following an academic career. His first novel, Aus Fälle/Zerlegung des Regenbogens, published in...

Inka Parei

Inka Parei, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1967, lives in Berlin. Her first novel, The Shadowboxer, won the Hans Erich Nossack Award in 2000 and has since been translated into nine languages. For...

Zafer Senocak

Zafer Senocak is one of the most innovative German intellectuals and writers (The Encyclopedia of German Literature, 2000). The poem "Woman Babylon" appears in his 1994 book...

Zehra Çirak

Zehra Çırak was born in 1960 in Istanbul, Turkey. She moved to Germany with her family in 1962 and has lived in Berlin since 1982. Her awards include the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize...

Birgit Biehl

Birgit Biehl, born in 1944 in the former East Prussia, and currently living in Krefeld, Germany, holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies and makes her living as a secondary education teacher. Her...

W. G. Sebald

W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, Germany, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland, and Manchester. He taught at the University of East Anglia...

Jutta Richter

Jutta Richter was born in 1955 in Westphalia. She published her first book in her teens and is among the most celebrated of German children's authors. She won the 2001 German Youth...

Elke Schmitter

Elke Schmitter, born in 1961 in Krefeld, Germany, studied philosophy in Munich. Her novel Mrs. Sartoris has been translated into thirteen languages. In 2002 she published her second novel,...

Juli Zeh

Juli Zeh was born in 1974 in Bonn. She has worked for the UN in New York, Krakow, and Zagreb, and now lives in Leipzig. Her first novel, Adler und Engel (Schoeffling, 2002), was awarded the...

Wladimir Kaminer

Wladimir Kaminer is one of Germany's most popular young writers. His fifth book, Die Reise nach Trulala (The Journey to La-la-land), where the excerpt published here originally appeared, was...

Ingo Schulze

Ingo Schulze was born in Dresden in 1962. After receiving an arts degree from the University of Jena (Classical Languages) he worked as a dramaturgist at the State Theater Altenburg in Eastern...
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