Jamaica Kincaid

Portrait Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson on the Caribbean island of Antigua in 1949. Her mother had married for the second time and had three half-brothers to support, so at 17, she went as an au pair to New York, where she soon became a writer: Jamaica Kincaid. Her first story, »Girl«, appeared in […]

Francis Fukuyama

Portrait Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, born in Chicago in 1952, read political science at Harvard University. His bestseller »The End of History«, published in 1992, gained him international renown. Fukuyama is one of the most important political theorists of our time. He has taught at John Hopkins University, received the Johan Skytte Prize in 2015, and has published […]

Ilya Kaminsky

Portrait Ilya Kaminsky

Poet, critic, translator, and poetry professor Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, then Soviet Union, in 1977. After contracting mumps at the age of four, he became hard of hearing. In 1993, he immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Rochester, New York. There, at the age of sixteen, Kaminsky received […]

Lauren Groff

Portrait Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, New York, in 1978. She made her debut in 2008 with »The Monsters of Templeton«. The troubled archaeology student Willie Upton returns to her hometown of Templeton, New York, where her family has been for centuries. But the question of her father’s identity remains unanswered. She begins to research […]

Martin Rümmler

Portrait Martin Rümmler

born in Berlin in 1982, studied biology with a focus on zoology, botany, ecology, and genetics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and subsequently worked as a research assistant, focusing on the genetics of plants. As a guide at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, he gives guided tours and workshops. Since the end of 2021, […]

Kate Allen

Portrait Kate Allen

Kate Allen was born in Massachusetts. She began writing stories while still in high school. She studied creative writing at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, worked as a teacher, and raised a family before writing her debut novel, »The Line Tender« in 2019. The main character is twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart, whose mother, a marine biologist, […]

Claudia Rankine

Portrait Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1963. In 1970 she emigrated with her family to the USA. She studied at Williams College in Massachusetts and Columbia University in New York City and was a longtime instructor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Since her poetry debut »Nothing in Nature is Private« [1994], she […]

Angeline Boulley

Portrait Angeline Boulley

Angeline Boulley was born in 1965, and is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is a former director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Her debut novel, »Firekeeper’s Daughter« [2021], is about eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine. The daughter of a now-deceased indigenous father and […]

David Wiesner

American illustrator and writer David Wiesner was born in Bridgewater, New Jersey in 1956. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration in 1978. In 1980, Wiesner made his debut with »Honest Andrew«, an illustration of a text by Gloria Skurzynski. After illustrating more than […]

Paul Muldoon

Portrait Paul Muldoon

The poet Paul Muldoon was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1951 and grew up in the rural region of the Moy. He studied English language and literature at Queen’s University in Belfast, where he later worked for the BBC, producing mostly radio broadcasts before moving on to television. From the very first […]

Glenn C. Loury

born in Chicago in 1948, teaches economics at Brown University. He was the first Black professor on the economics faculty at Harvard, published numerous papers, and lectured around the world. His research focuses on microeconomics, industrial economics, welfare economics, and income distribution, among other topics. In addition, he writes on the topic of racism. He […]

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Portrait Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born in New York City in 1961. She studied at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She made her debut in 1996 with the legal thriller »A Jury of Her Peers«. In it, a New York lawyer defends a homeless man suspected of murdering a schoolgirl. But it turns out that […]