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Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

Current Picador Professor Josh Weil, photo: Andreas LammPicador Guest of Honor Don Mee Choi, photo: Andreas LammKatja Kanzler welcomes the audience, photo: Andreas LammWelcome address Beate Schücking, Principal of Leipzig University, photo: Andreas LammWelcome address Andreas F. Wilkes, Managing Director Veranstaltungsforums Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, photo: Andreas LammDon Mee Choi reads from her book, photo: Andreas LammJosh Weil reads in the old Senat hall, photo: Andreas LammAndreas Wilkes, Katja Kanzler, Don Mee Choi, Josh Weil, Beate Schücking, Friederike Busch and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez in the old Senat hall of Leipzig University, photo: Andreas Lamm
Current Picador Professor Josh Weil, photo: Andreas Lamm
Picador Guest of Honor Don Mee Choi, photo: Andreas Lamm
Katja Kanzler welcomes the audience, photo: Andreas Lamm
Welcome address Beate Schücking, Principal of Leipzig University, photo: Andreas Lamm
Welcome address Andreas F. Wilkes, Managing Director Veranstaltungsforums Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, photo: Andreas Lamm
Don Mee Choi reads from her book, photo: Andreas Lamm
Josh Weil reads in the old Senat hall, photo: Andreas Lamm
Andreas Wilkes, Katja Kanzler, Don Mee Choi, Josh Weil, Beate Schücking, Friederike Busch and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez in the old Senat hall of Leipzig University, photo: Andreas Lamm

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.

Summer Term 2019

Josh Weil is born in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia and currently lives with his family in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Merrill House, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, he has been the Tickner Writer-in-Residence at Gilman School, the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and the Distinguished Lecturer at The Sozopol Writing Seminars. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, The New School, Brooklyn College, Sierra Nevada College, and Bennington College, as well as at numerous conferences, including the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Bread Loaf.

He is author of the novel The Great Glass Sea, the novella collection The New Valley, and story collection The Age of Perpetual Light. Published internationally, his books have been New York Times Editor’s Choices and selected for the Powell’s Indiespensable program. They have been awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the California Book Award, the Library of Virginia’s Literary Award, the GrubStreet National Book Prize, the New Writers Award from the GLCA, and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation. Weil’s short fiction has garnered a Pushcart Prize.

Winter Term 2018/2019

Sasha Pimentel is a Filipina poet and author. Her book For Want of Water (Beacon Press, 2017), was selected by Gregory Pardlo as a winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series, longlisted for the 2018 PEN America Open Book Award. Winner of the 2015 University of Texas System’s Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, Sasha Pimentel teaches contemporary American poetry, poetry writing and creative nonfiction writing, with research foci on Asian American, Black, Jewish American, and Latin American poetics at the University of Texas at El Paso. She's an Associate Professor in a bilingual (Spanish-English) MFA Program to writers from across the Americas in the Department of Creative Writing, and serves as affiliated faculty in the Chican Studies Program.

Reading of Sasha Pimentel in Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammSasha Pimentel and Jan Wilm, University of Essen, photo: Andreas LammReading of Sasha Pimentel in Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammPoem from Sasha Pimentel, photo: Andreas LammReading of Sasha Pimentel in Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammSasha Pimentel signing, photo: Andreas LammReading in Berlin with Sasha Pimentel, Jan Wilm und Louis-Philippe Dalembert, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin Sasha Pimentel, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin Louis-Philippe Dalembert, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin book table, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin Sasha Pimentel, Jan Wilm, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and Andreas Wilkes, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin, photo: Carolin WeinkopfReading in Berlin, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading of Sasha Pimentel in Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Sasha Pimentel and Jan Wilm, University of Essen, photo: Andreas Lamm
Reading of Sasha Pimentel in Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Poem from Sasha Pimentel, photo: Andreas Lamm
Reading of Sasha Pimentel in Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Sasha Pimentel signing, photo: Andreas Lamm
Reading in Berlin with Sasha Pimentel, Jan Wilm und Louis-Philippe Dalembert, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin Sasha Pimentel, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin Louis-Philippe Dalembert, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin book table, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin Sasha Pimentel, Jan Wilm, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and Andreas Wilkes, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
Reading in Berlin, photo: Carolin Weinkopf
  • 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
  • Tom Drury, summer term 2017
  • Daniel Peña, winter term 2017/2018
  • Rajesh Parameswaran, summer term 2018
  • Sasha Pimentel, winter term 2018/2019

Information

Josh Weil
USA

Seminars
Wide Horizon: The Role of the Western in American Literature
Short Story Workshop

Reading Leipzig
15 April 2019
Alter Senatssaal, Universität Leipzig
Ritterstraße 26, 04109 Leipzig

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

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