#PicadorMessages in times of Corona

The Picador Professorship stands for the creative and diverse exchange between the USA and Germany. Since 2006 we welcome two authors each year to Leipzig, who enrich the students with their teaching at the university and the public with their readings. This summer everything will be different, but we are determined to maintain this strong connection and continue our valuable exchange. Especially now, cohesion and solidarity are important! Literature can bring us closer together because it introduces us to each other. It creates empathy and understanding in a world where there is far from enough of it. Identity, justice, anti-racism and feminism were topics that the visiting professors wrote about and discussed with their students. With various offers, we will remain in digital conversation and can hardly wait to revive the personal exchange in Leipzig, Berlin and other cities.

Until then: let's stay together, read, write and discuss. Because this is exactly what the authors and partners of the Picador Professorship are promoting with full conviction: Creativity, Diversity, Democracy.

Alexander Chee in conversation with
Senthuran Varatharajah


In his autobiographically influenced debut novel "Edinburgh", published in the USA in 2001, Alexander Chee, author and political activist in the gay movement, tells of sexual assaults in a boys' choir; for this Alexander Chee was awarded several prizes. In the collection of essays "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel" (2018) he looks back on further stages in his life. It was rated one of the 'Best Books of the Year' by New York Magazine, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Time Magazine. Albino Verlag has now published both books for the first time in German (in the translation by Nicola Heine and Timm Stafe).
The author will read from both books and talk to Senthuran Varatharajah.

Alexander Chee

Photo: M. Sharkey

Senthuran Varatharajah

Photo: H.-U. Burgemann

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel, all from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, and Guernica, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. In 2012/2013 he was Picador Visiting Professor at the University of Leipzig.

Senthuran Varatharajah, born in 1984, studied philosophy, Protestant theology and cultural studies in Marburg, Berlin and London. His debut novel "Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen" was published in 2016 by S. Fischer Verlag; for this he was awarded the Bremen Literature Promotion Prize 2017, the Adelbert von Chamisso Promotion Prize 2017 and the Rauris Literature Prize 2017, among others.


In cooperation with Literaturhaus Leipzig and Albino Verlag

Photos: Phil Dera

Our MEET&READ "Black Feminism" in Heimathafen Neukölln with Morgan Jerkins, Alice Hasters & Teresa Bücker


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OPENNESS AS A PROGRAM

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.
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    NEXT GUEST PROFESSOR

    Oksana Marafioti moved to Hollywood from the Soviet Union when she was fifteen years old. Trained as a classical pianist, she has also worked as a cinematographer. ...

  • MORGAN JERKINS

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2019/20

    The author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, which became a New York Times bestseller, ...

  • JOSH WEIL

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2019

    Weil’s short fiction has garnered a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Granta, Esquire, Tin House and One Story, among others. ...

  • SASHA PIMENTEL

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2018/19

    Born in Manila and raised in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, Sasha Pimentel is a Filipina poet and author of For Want of Water (Beacon Press, 2017)...

  • RAJESH PARAMESWARAN

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2018

    He 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.

  • DANIEL PEÑA

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2017/18

    Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.

  • TOM DRURY

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2017

    He received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from Brown University in English/Creative Writing.

  • PAUL LA FARGE

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2016/17

    He is the author of the novels The Artist of the Missing (1999) and Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), for which he received the annual Bard Fiction Prize.

  • JUSTIN TORRES

    GUEST PROFESSOR 2016

    His first novel «We the Animals», a national best seller, has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently being adapted into a feature film.

  • 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.


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