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MONDAY, NOV 11 2013, 06:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to host this evening of Austrian literature in conjunction with the first ever Austrian-American Podium-Dialog, titled “Passages - Crossings.”

Following their participation in the conference in Pennsylvania, eminent Austrian authors Marianne Gruber, Judith Nika Pfeifer, Vladimir Vertlib and Philipp Weiss will come to New York City for this special event. They are all members of the Austrian literary association PODIUM (now in its 42 year). The authors will read excerpts from their work, and engage in a conversation with conference chairs author Gabriele Pericek, and Professor Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger of Lafayette College.

From November 8 to 10, Lafayette College in Easton, PA, will play host to the first ever Austrian-American Podium-Dialog, where the Austrian authors will encounter four Geman studies scholars in a dialogue on creative writing. The conference will feature workshops with students and teachers at Lafayette College, as well as members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). The conference is open to the public.

More information >> maxkade.lafayette.edu



Vienna-born Marianne Gruber is a novelist, poet, essayist, and lecturer. She is a former PODIUM-president, and the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Austrian Prize for Literature 1997. Her most recent novel is Memories of a Clown (2012).

Judith Nika Pfeifer writes songs, poetry, prose, and drama. She is also active as a musician, singing and playing the accordeon with several bands. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies, and she also participates in transmedia projects.  She is the recipient of numerous literary grants. Her latest publication is the poetry anthology nichts ist wichtiger. ding kleines du (2012).

Vladimir Vertlib was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). He lived in Israel, Austria, the Netherlands, and the United States, settling in Austria in 1981. He has written novels, novellas, essays, and articles. He is a recipient of the Anton Wildgans Award. His most recent publication is Schimons Schweigen [Schimon’s Silence] (2012).

Philipp Weiss was born and lives in Vienna, where he studies German, philosophy and German as a foreign Language. He writes prose and drama and his work has been published in various anthologies and magazines. He is currently working on a novel.

Gabriele Petricek writes prose, essays, poems and audio dramas. She has written for anthologies and literary magazines as well as for TV. Her distinctions include the Theodor Körner Award. Her most recent publication is Joyce’s Choice oder: Ein Hund kam in die Küche [Joyce’s Choice or A Dog entered the Kitchen] (2012).

Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger is a professor of German at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where she serves as Director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies with its writer-in-residency and German guest professor programs, and is affiliated faculty in the Women & Gender Studies and Film and Media Studies. She is a founding member of the Austrian Studies Association, a member of the "Wissenschaftlicher Beirat" at the Elfriede-Jelinek-Forschungszentrum at the University of Vienna, and an associate scholar at the Akademie Herrnhut für politische und kulturelle Bildung. She has published widely on contemporary Austrian literature and film.


Marianne Gruber