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Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

Daniel Peña
Daniel Peña

Leipzig University, in co-operation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Veranstaltungsforum of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, initiated the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig aiming at conveying and critically reflecting on Anglo-American Literature.

Democracy of Language and Literature

The democracy of language and literature is a key note of the Picador Guest Professorship. This vivid mediation of literature will contribute to distinguish the subject according to international standards and place it among the leading programmes for the promotion of Anglo-American Studies in Germany. Authors, screenwriters and critics will be invited; next to recognized and well-known personalities, newcomers and avant-garde writers will be addressed. The Picador Guest Professorship is not only intended to supplement the scientific syllabus of the University of Leipzig but also to interconnect university and city life.

Winter Term 2017/2018

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as a writer, blogger, book reviewer and journalist. He is a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and a graduate of Cornell University. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review Online, Callaloo, and Huizache among other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog and his novel, BANG, is forthcoming from Arte Publico Press. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Summer Term 2017

The author and journalist Tom Drury was born in Iowa, in 1956. He received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from Brown University in English/Creative Writing.  

Tom Drury’s first novel The End of Vandalism was published in 1994. He was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 1996 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000-2001. The book was also cited as one of the best American novels of the past 45 years by GQ Magazine in 2002. His novel Pacific was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2013. Tom Drury ist also the author of the novels The Black Brook, Hunts in Dreams and The Driftless Area. His short fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Granta and the New York Times Magazine. The short story Path Lights was adapted into a film in 2009 by Zachary Sluser.

Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Institute for American Studies welcomes the guests, photo: Andreas LammTom Drury and moderator Prof. Christer Garrett, Director of the Institute for American Studies, photo: Andreas LammTom Drury, current Picador Guest Professor, photo: Andreas LammTom Drury and Christer Garrett talking, photo: Andreas LammReading in the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammTom Drury and Christer Garrett, photo: Andreas LammTom Drury, photo: Andreas LammTom Drury and his wife talking with the guests, photo: Andreas Lammphoto: Andreas Lamm
Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Institute for American Studies welcomes the guests, photo: Andreas Lamm
Tom Drury and moderator Prof. Christer Garrett, Director of the Institute for American Studies, photo: Andreas Lamm
Tom Drury, current Picador Guest Professor, photo: Andreas Lamm
Tom Drury and Christer Garrett talking, photo: Andreas Lamm
Reading in the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Tom Drury and Christer Garrett, photo: Andreas Lamm
Tom Drury, photo: Andreas Lamm
Tom Drury and his wife talking with the guests, photo: Andreas Lamm
photo: Andreas Lamm

Picador Guest Professors 2006-2016

  • Tristan Hughes, winter term 2006/07
  • James Hopkin, summer term 2007
  • John Haskell, winter term 2007/2008
  • Chuck Klosterman, summer term 2008
  • Nancy Kress, winter term 2008/2009
  • Catherine Chung, summer term 2009
  • Olen Steinhauer, winter term 2009/2010
  • Christian Hawkey, summer term 2010
  • Nathalie Handal, winter term 2010/2011
  • Shannon Cain, summer term 2011
  • Porochista Khakpour, winter term 2011/2012
  • Fiona Maazel, summer term 2012
  • Alexander Chee, winter term 2012/2013
  • Calvin Baker, summer term 2013
  • Jennine Capó Crucet, winter term 2013/2014
  • Guillermo Verdecchia, summer term 2014
  • Michael Lowenthal, winter term 2014/15
  • Lauren K. Alleyne, summer term 2015
  • Linh Dinh, winter term 2015/2016
  • Justin Torres, summer term 2016
  • Paul La Farge, winter term 2016/2017

Information

Daniel Peña
USA

Seminars
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Reading Leipzig
30 November 2017, 7 pm
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11, 04107 Leipzig

Reading Berlin
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Further Information
Homepage of the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature
Homepage Institute for American Studies Leipzig

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