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 American Studies Leipzig Announces Picador Professor Christian Hawkey 

Submitted by Dr. Sebastian M. Herrmann on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:00

American Studies Leipzig looks forward to welcoming poet Christian Hawkey as Picador Guest Professor for the summer term 2010.

Christian Hawkey is the author of three volumes of poetry, the 2005 HourHour, the 2006 Book of Funnels, and the 2007 Citizen Of, all of which have received wide and distinct praise from critics. As Jason Schneiderman put it in 2007, “[h]e has the perfect hipster sense of language, the way to turn the phrase and turn the image so that it continually unfolds along its opposite edge, bringing the idea back onto itself before moving forward again.” Other reviews tend to emphasize Hawkey’s wit, calling his language “[s]imultaneously funny and eerie” and claiming that it simultaneously “evokes feelings of giddy anticipation and anxious foreboding.” Christian Hawkey has earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, he has founded the bi-annual poetry journal “jubilat,” and has taught English and Creative Writing at Amherst and at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His work has been translated into four different languages.

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During his stay in Leipzig, Christian Hawkey will teach two seminars, a reading course and a creative seminar. Both seminars are organized around the topic of Recuperative Poetics and Cultural Sustainability and students are accordingly encouraged to take both classes.

More information as well as an opportunity to sign up for these courses are available through lehrbox:

The courses start in the week of April 26.


The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program it is based on a partnership between the Holtzbrinck Verlag, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Christian Hawkey for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly to discuss possible arrangements.

Please see the attached PDF for more information.

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