ilb Jahre: 2020

Szczepan Twardoch

Szczepan Twardoch was born in 1979 in Pilchowice, Poland, in the Silesian Voivodeship [Województwo śląskie] and belongs to a minority of Polish Silesians. Twardoch studied sociology and philosophy in Katowice. He came to literary writing while working on his master’s thesis on the French Revolution. The central question he asked

Susanne Koelbl

born in Munich, has been a foreign correspondent for »Der Spiegel« since 2004, where she reports from Central Asia and the Middle East. Among other prizes, she has received the Reemtsma Liberty Award for her reporting. Together with Olaf Ihlau, she published »Geliebtes, dunkles Land« (2007; tr: Beloved, Dark Country).

Sumana Roy

is the author of »How I Became a Tree« (2017; Fr. »Comment Je Suis Devenue Un Arbre«, 2020), a work of nonfiction, »Missing. A Novel« (2018), »Out of Syllabus. Poems« (2019), »My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories« (2019), a collection of short stories. Her poems, essays and stories have been

Steven Uhly

Steven Uhly was born in Cologne in 1964. He began training as an interpreter and translator in Valencia in 1983, followed by studies in German studies as well as Spanish and Portuguese language and literature in Cologne, Bonn, and Lisbon. His dissertation focused on »multipersonality as poetics«. Uhly headed the

Stefan Weidner

born in 1967 in Cologne, is an author and translator. Until 2016, he was editor-in-chief of the »Art&Thought« magazine for dialogue with the Islamic world. His most recent non-fiction book »1001 Buch« (2019; tr: 1001 Books) sheds light on »the complexity of the Islamic-influenced literary, linguistic, and cultural realm« (SRW2).

Stefanie Bröring

Stefanie Bröring is a professor for Technology and Innovation Management in Agribusiness at the University of Bonn since 2013. Her work focuses on analyzing the potential of new technologies and how scientific ideas can be turned into sustainability-oriented innovations.

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

Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan, born in Perth in 1974, is an award-winning artist with a great reputation not only in his home country, but also abroad. When he was young, he began drawing science fiction and horror stories for magazines. Later, he studied art and English literature at the University of Western

Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti was born in Toronto in 1976 and studied art history and philosophy at the University of Toronto and playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada. Sheila Heti’s work spans a variety of genres. So far, she has written plays, short prose, books for children, novels, and has

Shahzamir Hataki

born in 2000 in Mazār-i-Sharīf, Afghanistan, fled to Germany at the age of 15 as his parents’ only son. Shahzamir spent a total of three months on the road and almost drowned during the crossing to Greece. His enthusiasm for writing began at the age of 11 and he won

Shalini Randeria

born in 1955 in Washington, D.C., grew up in Bombay and New Delhi, studied in Delhi, Oxford, and Heidelberg, and habilitated at the Free University of Berlin in 2002. The social anthropologist conducts research on transnationalization, globalization and development. She has worked at several European universities and institutions and has

Sara Mesa

Sara Mesa was born in Madrid in 1976 and moved with her parents to Seville as a child. She studied Journalism and Spanish Philology. The author is considered one of the most exciting voices of a still young generation of Spanish authors and can already look back on an extensive