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Find out more about the current Picador Professor Rita Bullwinkel!

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of Headshot, a novel, and Belly Up, a story collection that won the Believer Book Award. We are thrilled that she will be teaching at the University of Leipzig in the summer semester of 2024!

I was a Picador Guest Professor in Literature in Leipzig (2010/2011). The position was very fulfilling and my creative writing students were dynamic, imaginative, and full of heart. Leipzig is wondrous.

Nathalie Handal in an interview with thebartleby.com

Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, and writer. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. In the winter semester 2010/11, Handal held the Picador Professorship at the University of Leipzig.

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… for great authors, joint learning, avantgarde literature, creative writing, inspiring diversity, public reading.


In 2006, 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. Public events are also offered in addition to the authors’ teaching activities as Picador Guest Professors. This takes place in collaboration with the creative arts and culture community of Leipzig.

Many of the questions we discussed were ones we had never thought about before for example the question of what our own “fundamental truth” is.

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world...
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