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.
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.
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.
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.