Executive Board

Regula Venske – President

Regula Venske Foto: © Roland Baege Regula Venske Foto: © Roland Baege

Born 1955. School in Münster/West and Madeira School, Greenway, Virginia/USA; Law School in Heidelberg (two years), German and English Studies in Hamburg; After first state examination, she receives the scholarship “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” for her doctorate; teaching assignments in Hamburg and Berlin; DAAD editor in London; earns DPhil in 1988 with a dissertation about the construction and critique of masculinity in contemporary German-language literature written by women Continue reading

Carlos Collado Seidel – Secretary General

Carlos Collado Seidel Foto: © Roland Baege

Born 1966 in Munich; childhood in Spain and Germany; History studies in Munich and Madrid
Historian; author of non-fiction and children’s books, translator; advisor for documentary and feature film productions; feature writer and author of political commentaries and reportages Continue reading

Nora Bossong – Advisory Board

Nora Bossong Foto: © Peter-Andreas Hassiepen Nora Bossong Foto: © Peter-Andreas Hassiepen

Born 1982 in Bremen; Culture, Philosophy, and Literature studies in Berlin, Leipzig, and Rome; Most recent publication: “Sommer vor den Mauern” (poems, 2011); “Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” (novel, 2012), “36,9 Grad” (novel, 2015) and “Rotlicht” (2017), all at Hanser publishing house; Received among others the Peter-Huchel-Award, the Kunstpreis Berlin, and the Roswitha-Award Continue reading

Nina George – Advisory Board

Nina George Foto: © Roland Baege

Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”, translated in 28 languages), speaker and activist. Freelance journalist since 1992, published 26 books (novels, mysteries, non-fiction), over hundred short stories, 600 columns. Continue reading

Tanja Kinkel – Advisory Board

Foto von Tanja Kinkel [Foto: © FinePic, München]

Born 1969 in Bamberg; German, Theatre, and Communication Studies; Various literary awads; scholarships in Rome, Los Angeles, and at Drehbuchwerkstatt München (Munich Script Workshop); member of PEN; 13 novels, e.g. “Die Puppenspieler”, “Götterdämmerung”, “Venuswurf”, “Säulen der Ewigkeit”, “Im Schatten der Königin”, “Das Spiel der Nachtigall”; Translations into more than a dozen languages Continue reading

Heinrich Peuckmann – Advisory Board

Heinrich Peuckmann Foto: © Roland Baege

Born 1949 in Kamen near the Eastern border of the Ruhr district; Studies German and Evangelical Theology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; Grammar school teacher in Bergkamen for many years; Writes novels, stories, poems, audio dramas, essays Continue reading

Ilija Trojanow – Advisory Board

Ilija Trojanow Foto: © Thomas Dorn

Born 1965 in Sofia; grows up in Nairobi; Studies Law, Ethnology, and the Law of Sea Accidents in Munich; 1989: founds Marino publishing house for books about Africa; Author, translator, and publicist; Lives in Bombay 1998-2003; in Cape Town 2003-2006; since 2008 resident of Vienna Continue reading

Günter Grass † – Honorary president

[Foto: © Gerhard Steidl]

Passed away on 13th April 2015
1927: Günter Grass is born on 16th October in Danzig as the son of a merchant family; from 1947: internship as stonemason in Düsseldorf; from winter 1948-52: educated by professors Sepp Mages and Otto Pankok at Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie; 1953-56: move to Berlin. Pupil of sculptor Karl Hartung at Hochschule für Bildende Künste; 1955: first exhibition of sculptures and graphic art in Stuttgart Continue reading

Christoph Hein – Honorary president

(Foto: © Simone Ahrend, sah-photo)

Born 1944 in Silesia; Studies Philosophy and Logic in Leipzig and Berlin; Works at Berliner Volksbühne for several years; Freelance work sind 1979; Author of theatre plays, novels, stories, and essays Continue reading