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Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

Rajesh Parameswaran
Rajesh Parameswaran

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 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.

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.

Daniel Peña Photo: Andreas Lamm
Daniel Peña Photo: Andreas Lamm
  • 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

Reading Leipzig
03 May 2018
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11, 04107 Leipzig

Reading Berlin
02 July 2018, 7 pm
Salon am Moritzplatz
Oranienstraße 58
10969 Berlin

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



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