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 Reading by Picador Guest Professor Christian Hawkey 

Submitted by webmaster on Tue, 06/22/2010 - 19:00

American Studies Leipzig kindly requests the pleasure of your company at a joint reading by the current Picador Professor for Literature Christian Hawkey and Berlin-based poet Uljana Wolf on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzg (DLL), Wächterstraße 34, 04107 Leipzig.

The poet Christian Hawkey is the author of several volumes of poetry, among them the 2006 Book of Funnels and the 2007 Citizen Of. He has received numerous prizes, among them the Best American Poetry, Conduit, and PEN America. His work has been translated into four different language. He will be joined by his wife, the poet Uljana Wolf. Writing from a German-Polish background, Wolf has published two volumes of poetry, along with several edited volumes and translations. In 2006, she was the youngest poet to receive the Peter-Huchel-Preis. Moderation of the reading will be done by Inge Kutter of the German newspaper Die Zeit.

Christian Hawkey currently lives in Leipzig as writer in residence and Picador-Guest Professor at the Institute for American Studies. The reading is free and open to the general public.


The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program and based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig, it combines elements of a writers-in-residence program, creative writing programs, and university learning. The Picador Professorship for Literature brings leading young writers of English language literature to Leipzig and Mitteldeutschland, thereby providing students with a chance to work with 'practitioners' of literature. It thus also engages in and fosters a vivid exchange about the relationship between literature, language and culture as they shape society's negotiation of diversity and difference.

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