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Picador Guest Professorship for Literature

Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil DeraReading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil DeraReading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil DeraReading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil DeraReading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil DeraReading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera
Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera
Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera
Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera
Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera
Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera
Reading "Black Feminism" with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker, Photo: Phil Dera

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 2019/2020

Morgan Jerkins is an author, journalist, and editor. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Bennington College Writing Seminars, a former Associate Editor at Catapult, has taught nonfiction at Columbia University’s MFA program, and is the Senior Editor of ZORA magazine under Medium. Her debut, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, has garnered extensive praise and recognition for how it “lucidly articulates social dynamics that have dictated the realities of American black women for centuries” (New York Times Book Review). The essay collection became a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She is currently working on her second and third books—one narrative nonfiction, the other a novel.

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

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.

  • 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

Morgan Jerkins
USA

Seminars
Black Women and Their Interior Lives in Literature
Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Reading Leipzig
26 October 2019
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

Reading Berlin
11 November 2019
Heimathafen Neukölln
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Further Information
Homepage of the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature
Homepage Institute for American Studies Leipzig

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