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Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

Sasha Pimentel
Sasha Pimentel

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 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.

Summer Term 2018

Rajesh Parameswaran was born in Chennai, India and moved to the United States as an infant. His short stories have appeared in Granta, McSweeney's, Zoetrope: All-Story and Fiction. 'The Strange Career of Doctor Raju Gopalarajan' was one of three stories for which McSweeney's won the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2007, and it was included in The Best American Magazine Writing and in The United States of McSweeney's: Ten Years of Accidental Classics. Rajesh Parameswaran lives in New York.

With the glittering, savage and elegant first collection´I Am an Executioner´, where reality loops in Borgesian twists and dazzles with Bollywood exuberance, where frayed photographs take on a life of their own and where elephants wish only to die with dignity, Rajesh Parameswaran bursts onto the literary landscape as an astonishing new talent.

Reading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammRajesh Parameswaran and Stefan Schmidt, University of Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammReading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammReading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Leipzig, photo: Andreas LammRajesh Parameswaran, photo: Andreas LammRajesh Parameswaran and Teresa Präauer in Berlin, photo: Phil DeraReading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Berlin, photo: Phil DeraThe Reading took place in "Salon am Moritzplatz" in Berlin, photo: Phil DeraRajesh Parameswaran and Teresa Präauer, photo: Phil DeraAuthoress Teresa Präauer, photo: Phil Deraphoto: Phil DeraGuests talking with Teresa Präauer, photo: Phil DeraRajesh Parameswaran signing, photo: Phil Dera
Reading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Rajesh Parameswaran and Stefan Schmidt, University of Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Reading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Reading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Leipzig, photo: Andreas Lamm
Rajesh Parameswaran, photo: Andreas Lamm
Rajesh Parameswaran and Teresa Präauer in Berlin, photo: Phil Dera
Reading of Rajesh Parameswaran in Berlin, photo: Phil Dera
The Reading took place in "Salon am Moritzplatz" in Berlin, photo: Phil Dera
Rajesh Parameswaran and Teresa Präauer, photo: Phil Dera
Authoress Teresa Präauer, photo: Phil Dera
photo: Phil Dera
Guests talking with Teresa Präauer, photo: Phil Dera
Rajesh Parameswaran signing, photo: Phil Dera
  • 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

Information

Sasha Pimentel
Philippines

Reading Leipzig

26 November 2018
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11, 04107 Leipzig

Further Information

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

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