Salvador Plascencia

Picador Guest Professor in the summer semester of 2023

Salvador Plascencia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and grew up on the outskirts of Los Angeles. He is the author of the cult favorite The People of Paper, named a best book of the year by the San Francisco ChronicleLos Angeles Times, and Financial TimesThe People of Paper has been translated into a dozen languages and widely anthologized and adopted in Chicanista, postmodern, and design courses. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’sLucky PeachTin House, and the Los Angeles Times. He teaches fiction writing at Harvey Mudd College. At the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig, Salvador Plascencia taught two seminars.

People of Paper
Menschen aus Papier


Salvador Plascencia met former Samuel Fischer Guest Professor Nancy Campbell for a conversation about the art of writing and the interplay of design and literature. Svenja Gräfen hosted the conversation that took place on June 8 at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig. 

The photos were taken by Andreas Lamm.

read-write-design-read-write-design took place on June 8 at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig. The photos were taken by Andreas Lamm.

The event is a collaboration between the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship and the Picador Guest Professorship and took part for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship.

Partners of #PicadorProf are: the University of Leipzig, DAAD, the U.S. publisher Picador and Holtzbrinck Berlin – Inspire Together. Partners of #sfischerprof are: Freie Universität Berlin, DAAD, S. Fischer and Holtzbrinck Berlin – Inspire Together.

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