Mark Z. Danielewski wurde 1966 als Sohn des polnischen Avantgarde-Filmregisseurs Tad Danielewski in New York City geboren. Er studierte Literatur an der renommierten Yale University und besuchte die Filmhochschule der University of Southern California in L.A., arbeitete als Lektor im Verlagswesen und war an einer Dokumentation über Jacques Derrida beteiligt.
Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist whose work examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, and exile, and considers the intersections of photography and violence. »Beneath the Lion’s Gaze«, her critically acclaimed debut novel, was selected by »The Guardian« as one of the 10 best contemporary African
Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago in 1962 and grew up in San Francisco. She studied English literature at the University of Pennsylvania and St. John’s College in Cambridge. Following her studies, she decided to begin writing and worked as a journalist. She wrote short stories and received much acclaim
The Czech-American writer, playwright, and screenwriter Jan Novák was born in 1953 in Kolín. His family escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1969, first going to an Austrian refugee camp and finally moving to Cicero, Illinois, in 1970. Novák studied at the University of Chicago, where he was discovered by the Czech-American
James Turek was born in 1973 in Florida, USA and worked for ten years as a graphic artist in New York. In 2010, he travelled to Leipzig, Germany and decided to stay there and pursue a degree at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts. Turek has published comics in the
Helon Habila was born in Nigeria. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He studied at the University of Jos in Nigeria, and the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of four novels: Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time
Gore Vidal was born in Westpoint, New York, in 1925. His full name is Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, which refers back to his grandfather, Senator Thomas Pryor Gore, and thus, to his descent from one of the most politically influential families in the USA. He entered the army at eighteen
Frank McCourt, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in New York in 1930. However, he spent his childhood and adolescence – for whose literary version he was to become well-known – in Limerick, Ireland. His family had returned there, entirely destitute, after a few years of failing to find
Eugene Ostashevsky was born in Leningrad, in the former USSR, in 1968 and emigrated with his parents at the age of eleven to the USA. He studied Comparative Literature at Stanford University, has also studied or worked at universities in Italy, Turkey, and France and today teaches literature at New
Eliot Weinberger was born in 1949 in New York City, where he lives today. He is an essayist, editor, political commentator, and translator of Spanish and Chinese. At the age of nineteen he published his first volume of translations of poems by Octavio Paz, who later won the Nobel Prize.