ilb Jahre: 2016

Uzma Aslam Khan

Uzma Aslam Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1969, and spent her childhood in Manila, Tokyo and London. When she was ten years old, her family decided to settle down in Karachi. After completing her studies in Karachi, Khan received scholarships to study in the United States, first in

Ulrike Guérot

studied politics, history and economics. She has worked with various European think tanks. In 2013, she founded the European Democracy Lab. The central idea of the Lab is to constitute Europa as Republic, based on the principle of political equality for all European citizens. Ulrike Guérot is further Head of

Tienchi Martin-Liao

Columnist for Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. Grew up in Taiwan, and now lives in Cologne. After studying literature at National Taiwan University, she moved to Hamburg and later to Bochum, where she completed her master’s degree and was an instructor of Chinese literature. From 2001 to 2010 she worked in the

Tania Al Kayyali

born in 1985. Since 2013, she has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and translator in Serbia, Syria and the UAE for »Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe«. As a visual artist her focus is on illustration, having recently drawn a number of children’s books in addition to exhibiting her

Tania James

Tania James is the author of »Atlas of Unknowns« (2009) a trans-national novel set between India and the United States, and concerning two sisters whose relationship is put to the test by a lie. Her second book, »Aerogrammes and Other Stories« (2012), contains a range of characters, including a turn-of-the-century

Susanne Lange

born in 1964 in Berlin, wrote her doctoral thesis on contemporary Latin American and German authors. Was a visiting lecturer at Tübingen and Bogotá. Has translated the works of García Lorca, Rulfo, Vargas Llosa, Marías, Cervantes, and others, since 1992. Is the recipient of the Spanish Embassy Translation Prize (2005),

Stella Gaitano

Stella Gaitano was born in Khartoum, Sudan in 1979. Her family comes from South Sudan. She studied pharmacy at Khartoum University. She has said that she started writing stories while she was still at primary school. Among the authors who have influenced her, Gaitano cites the Sudanese At-Tayyib Salih, as

Simon van der Geest

Simon van der Geest was born in Gouda, the Netherlands, in 1978 and completed a degree in Theater at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnheim. While at university, he directed and acted in plays, and also discovered just how much fun it was to write for the theater.

Sigrid Weigel

born in Hamburg in 1950, is a literary and cultural science scholar. She held academic posts in Hamburg, Essen, Zurich, Potsdam, Princeton and was the director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin from 1999 to 2015. She has published on authors such as Heine, Freud, Warburg,

Sigurbjörg Þhrastardóttir

born in 1973, studied literature and media studies at the University of Iceland. Besides working as a poet and writer, she also wrote for a major daily newspaper for many years. Thrastardóttir’s first collection of poems »Blálogaland« (tr. The land of blue flames) appeared in 1999. Since then she has

Shumona Sinha

Shumona Sinha, born in Calcutta in 1973, grew up in a family of academics and literary enthusiasts. She began writing while still in her teens and was named Best Young Poet in Bengal in 1990. In 2001, she moved to Paris to study literature at the Sorbonne, and also worked

Sharon Dodua Otoo

The British writer and journalist, Sharon Dodua Otoo, was born in 1972 in London to Ghanaian parents. She studied German and Management Studies at the Royal Holloway College, University of London until 1997. In 2006 she relocated to Germany. In 2012 she published her first novella, titled »the things i