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READING & PANEL DISCUSSION
PASSAGES - OPENINGS: REFLECTIONS ACROSS BORDERS AND TIMES
TUESDAY APR 24, 06:30 PM
At this literary event organized in cooperation with the Max Kade Center for German Studies at Lafayette College, five award-winning Austrian writers will be introducing their texts and talk about writing across borders as well as the privacy of writing. The two panel talks which will be moderated by the Director of the Max Kade Center will be divided up by musical interludes.
Born in Sarajevo, lives in Austria since 1992. Studied translation studies and political science. Teaches at the universities of Innsbruck and Vienna. Interpreter in the field of asylum and conferences. Translates literature from the Balkan region. 2015 Stipend for Literature of the Austrian Ministery of Education, Art and Culture. Contributions in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2017, her novella Reibungsverluste was on the shortlist for the Austrian Book-Prize and also nominated for the Franz-Tumler-Literary-Prize.
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, lives in Austria since 1990. Studied philosophy and Russian philology. Writes screenplays, short stories, theater plays, essays. 2003 breakthrough with the novella Engelszungen. Awards: 2005 Adalbert-von-Chamisso Prize, 2013 Elias-Canetti-Stipend of the City of Vienna, 2014-2017 Robert-Musil-Stipend, 2016 Max Kade-Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College, USA. Other Works: Barmherzigkeit (2010), Eine heikle Sache, die Seele, UA (2008), Whatever works, UA (2015).
Grew up in Lauterach on Lake Constance, lives in Vienna. Studied German, French and Spanish philology in Innsbruck and Vienna. Choreographer. Translator of Spanish-language literature. Writes lyrics, prose and essays that are published in LICHTUNGEN, Ostragehege, ndl and literary anthologies in Europe and Latin America. Awards: Several Stipends of the Austrian Ministery of Education, Art and Culture, 2018 Dulzinea-Lyric-Prize. Recent Works: kleine kubanische grammatik (2012), Unterm Faulbaum (2016), Ache (2018), das moll in den mollusken (2018).
Born in Vienna, studied art history. Assistant to the artist Herman Nitsch and worked in the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna. Contributions to anthologies and literary magazines such as kolik, LICHTUNGEN and to radio. 2008 Exile-Literary-Prize, 2011-2012 Elias-Canetti-Stipend of the City of Vienna, 2017 R.-Priessnitz-Prize. 2016 contributor to the exhibition Bleistift, Heft & Laptop. 10 Positionen aktuellen Schreibens (Österr. Literaturmuseum). Recent Works: Granturismo (2012), Venusatmosphäre (2015), Der Schmetterlingstrieb (2016), Die vier Weltteile (2018).
Born in Krems/NÖ, lives in Vienna. Writer-in-Residence at universities and colleges in USA, GB, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Italy. Co-founder of the "Austrian-American Podium Dialog" at Lafayette College, USA, founder of LITERATUR AM STEG at the Alte Donau in Vienna. Contributions to anthologies and literary magazines such as LICHTUNGEN, Triëdere, and Austrian radio ORF. Awards: a.o. 2014-2016 Elias-Canetti-stipends of the City of Vienna. Recent Works: Von den Himmeln (2009), Joyce's Choice (2011), Die Unerreichbarkeit von Innsbruck, Verfolgungsrituale (2018).
Grew up in Lower Austria, lives in Easton, PA. Professor of German and Director of Max-Kade-Center for German Studies at Lafayette College. Editor of Peter Lang's Austrian Culture book series. 2010-2014 co-editor of Women in German Yearbook. Select Publications: Elfriede Jelinek: Writing Woman, Nation, and Identity (2007), "VALIE EXPORT's Avant-garde Film and Multimedia Art" in: New Austrian Film (2011), "Unleashing the Rhetorical Power of the Image: An Introduction to Gabriele Petricek's Writings" in: Women in German Yearbook (2016), "Die Jelinek-Literatur und das angloamerikanische Publikum." in: Jelinek Jahrbuch (2017).
Steven May has been playing music since the tender age of three, when he made his first make-shift violin out of a ruler taped to a cereal box in his native Kentucky. His background includes classical, country, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and Brazilian music. On fiddle, he alternates between an acoustic and an electric 7-string with the range of violin, viola and cello. On the mandolin, he alternates between an acoustic and baritone electric. That versatility allows him to switch seamlessly between traditional sounds and crunchy rock and hip hop grooves. His interest in various musical traditions has led him to a variety of recording and performing projects. Credits include: Joe Bayer Band; Erica Sunshine Lee; Beltaine's Fire; Steve Ferguson and Midwest Creole Ensemble; The Clearing; Three at Last; and Lisa Redfern.