Herkunft: USA

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

Ying Chang Compestine

The Chinese-American author Ying Chang Compestine was born in 1963 in Wuhan in the People’s Republic of China and grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Her family was considered »bourgeois«, a socio-economic class shunned by the new government, so the Red Guard seized her family’s belongings and jailed her

Yangzom Brauen

was born to a Swiss father and Tibetan mother in Bern in 1980. After studying at drama school there, she appeared in various roles in the theatre and television before making her Hollywood début in 2005. She is very involved in the movement to free Tibet. In her first work,

Yaa Gyasi

The Ghanaian-American writer Yaa Gyasi was born in 1989 in Mampong, a small town in the Ashanti region that functioned as the residence of the Kings of Ashanti in tandem with the city of Kumasi. Her family moved to the US in 1991 after Gyasi’s father received his doctorate from

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, western Nigeria, in 1934. Following Literature and Drama Studies in Nigeria (Ibadan) and England (Leeds) he worked at the London Royal Court Theatre as an actor and dramatic advisor, where he also wrote his first plays. In 1960 he returned to Nigeria, where he

William Gass

William Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1924. He grew up in Ohio and served in the Marines during World War II. In 1954 he completed his degree in Philosophy at Kenyon College and at Cornell University with a doctorate on metaphor. Ever since, language, style and the

William M. Drozdiak

William M. Drozdiak was born in 1949 and studied politics and economics in the USA and in Belgium. From 1971 to 1978 he was a professional basketball player, also in Europe. After working as a journalist for several American newspapers, writing mainly about international politics, he became head of the

William Martin

born in Maryland in 1957, studied Biology at the technical university of Hanover. Completed his diploma in Botany in 1985 and achieved his doctorate at the Max-Planck-Institute in Cologne in 1988. One year later, Martin moved to Braunschweig, where he worked at the institute for genetics and conducted research on

Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo grew up in East Harlem, New York. He distinguished himself as a poet and performer with his first appearances at the »Nuyorican Poets Café«. His first collection of poems, »Smoking Lovely« (2003), received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Perdomo has also written an award-winning children’s book. He teaches at

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

Wilbert Olinde

Born in 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he is a former basketball player. He studied economics in California before moving to Germany in 1977 to play in the German Basketball League for the SSC Göttingen. At the same time, he studied business administration at the University of Göttingen.  In 2017

Will Alexander

works in multiple genres. In addition to being a poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. His praxis of language is not unlike the Mayan numerical world, where each letter of the alphabet spontaneously engages in non-limit. Thus, all fields of experience are