ilb Jahre: 2016

Semier Insayif

born in 1965, is an Austrian writer, arts and cultural manager, communications coach, and behavioral trainer. To date, he has published five volumes of poetry and one novel. Since 2000, Insayif has worked with musicians, dancers and visual artists on a range of different interdisciplinary art performance projects, and also

Sergej Lebedew

Sergei Sergeyevich Lebedev was born in Moscow in 1981. He studied geology and journalism at Moscow State University from 1998 to 2001 and went on to work for a number of independent Russian media. In addition to poems and essays, Lebedev published his first novel »Predel’ zabvenija« [Eng. »Oblivion«, 2016]

Sebastian Lörscher

born in 1985 in Paris, studied at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and Berlin Weissensee School of Art. He has written and illustrated comics, among them »Ziegenmilch & Zeichenstift« (2011) and »A bisserl weiter geht’s immer« (2015). »Making Friends in Bangalore« (2014) was elected one of the Most Beautiful

Selva Almada

Selva Almada was born in Entre Ríos, a province in central Argentina, in 1973. After studying literature in Parana, the capital of Entre Ríos, she moved to Buenos Aires. She has been the co-director of the »Carne Argentina« lecture series at La Tribu radio station since 2006. She also organizes

Samuel Shimon

born in 1956 in Al-Habbaniyah, Iraq, left his home country in 1979. Nowadays Shimon lives in London. Shimon is a writer of short stories and poems as well as a publisher of anthologies. His debut novel »An Iraqi in Paris« (2005/2011) was highly praised by the critics. In the Arab

Samir Kacimi

Samir Kacimi was born in Algiers, Algeria, in 1974. After graduating in law and being admitted to the bar, he turned to literature. Apart from working as a columnist for the arts sections of various Algerian newspapers, having started in1993, he also initiated a literary page in the cultural newspaper

Salam Al Hassan

born in 1975 in Damascus, is an art director, animation artist and photographer. Salam al Hassan is also an illustrator and comics artist, whose work includes »Shabyat Elcartoon« (2013). He is also a percussionist with the band Fattouch. In 2008 he made two short films, and was invited to present

Sabine Gruber

Sabine Gruber, the daughter of German-speaking parents, was born in 1963 in Meran, South Tyrol and grew up in Lana. She published her first literary texts while still studying German literature, history and political science in Vienna and Innsbruck. The author’s multifaceted oeuvre, which has won many prizes, now comprises

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys was born in 1967 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She attended Hillsdale College to study opera, but then graduated with a BS in International Finance. Sepetys’ first novel »Between Shades of Gray« tells the story of 15-year-old Lina who is arrested in 1941 by the Russian secret services in

Rolf Hochhuth

Rolf Hochhuth was born in 1931 in Eschwege in Hesse. While apprenticing to be a bookseller and working in bookshops, he also attended lectures in history, philosophy and literature at the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich. As of 1955 Hochhuth was able to work afternoons as an editor for the

Raba’i Al Madhoun

Rabai al-Madhoun was born in 1945 in al-Majdal, near Ashkelon, just north of today’s Gaza Strip. During the Palestinian War of 1948, he and his Palestinian family had to leave Ashkelon for Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. Al-Madhoun went on to study in Cairo and Alexandria, but was thrown

Petra Strien

born in 1951 in Solingen, is a doctor of romance studies. She leads seminars at different universities on Spanish and Latin American literature as well as on literary translation with a focus on poetry. For several years she has worked as a freelance translator of Spanish and Latin American literature.