ilb Jahre: 2021

Sandra Guzman

born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey, USA, is an »Emmy«-award winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author whose mission is to make marginalized people and communities more heard. She was involved in the production of the documentary »Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am« (2019) and is the author

Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt

Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt was born Jürgen Arthur Goldschmidt in Reinbek near Hamburg in 1928. Because of their Jewish roots, the family, although converts to Protestantism in the 19th century, was persecuted by the Nazis. In 1938, Goldschmidt’s parents sent him and his older brother first to Italy and later to France.

Annett Gröschner

born in 1964 in Magdeburg, has lived in Berlin since 1983. She studied German language and literature in Berlin and Paris. The award-winning writer, journalist, lecturer, and performer publishes poetry, prose, documentary literature, radio features, and plays. She is best known for her novels »Moskauer Eis« (2000; tr: Moscow Ice)

Yulia Marfutova

born in Moscow in 1988, studied German philology and history in Berlin and earned her doctorate in Münster. She was awarded, among others, the Berlin Senate’s work stipend, the GWK Prize for Literature, as well as scholarships of the Brecht House, the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the master class of the

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1968. She studied English and History at Kenyatta University, earned a Master of Arts at the University of Reading in the UK, and an MPhil from the University of Queensland, Australia.The literary magazine »Kwani?«, founded by Binyavanga Wainaina, published her short

Xifan Yang

born in Hengyang in 1988, is a journalist and author. She came to Germany with her family when she was four years old. She studied at the German School of Journalism in Munich and then worked as a freelance correspondent. Since 2018, she has been reporting from Beijing as China

Wolfgang Kaleck

born in 1960,is a lawyer for international criminal law and human rights. He is the legal counsel to Edward Snowden as well as founder and secretary general of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), an independent human rights organization. He has also published several books, has been

Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin was born in Reno, Nevada in 1967. He was the founder, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine (1994-2016) and now plays in the band The Delines. He wrote his first stories and songs at the age of eleven, inspired by songwriters and novelists such

Wendy Law-Yone

born in Mandalay in 1947, is a Burmese author. Her father was publisher of independent Burma’s first English-language newspaper, which was shut down as a result of the 1962 military coup. She left the country as a stateless person five years later. In the U.S., she published her first novels

Volker Stanzel

born in 1948 in Kronberg in the Taunus, is former German ambassador to China and Japan. He is Senior Distinguished Fellow with the Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs [SWP], and teaches at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His latest books are »Die ratlose Außenpolitik

Viktor Jerofejew

Viktor Yerofeyev was born in Moscow in 1947. His father was an interpreter for Vyacheslav Molotov, among others, and was also the Soviet ambassador in France. Yerofeyev studied philology and linguistics at Lomonsov University in Moscow and received his doctorate on Dostoyevsky and French existentialism. In 1979, he collaborated on

Viken Berberian

Viken Berberian was born in Beirut in 1966 and grew up on a street called Zokak-el blot, which means the cobbled alley. He moved to Los Angeles in December of 1975, eight months after the start of the Lebanese civil war. Berberian completed graduate studies at Columbia University and the