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

Jürgen Jankofsky – Treasurer

Jürgen Jankofsky Foto: © Roland Baege

Born on 19th June 1953 in Merseburg; A levels; Chemistry studies; Education and work as a professional musician; Correspondence course at Literaturinstitut Leipzig; assistance at Literaturzentrum Halle and freelance work 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

Jutta Sauer – Coordinator of the PEN-friendship

Jutta Sauer Foto: Gert Westdörp Jutta Sauer Foto: Gert Westdörp

Jutta Sauer lives and works as an author and publicist in Osnabrück. Childhood memories of war, flight, and post-war inform her earliest socialisation in addition to the influence of new beginnings and self-confidence of the 1960s. After working for companies in Wuppertal, Munich, and Osnabrück, she studies Literature and Culture as well as Philosophy. Since 1980, she has published poetry, prose, essays, and radio features and has received many awards for her work. 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