Next Picador Professor Emily Nemens

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Emily Nemens as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. She will hold the professorship in the winter term of 2022/23.

Emily Nemens’s debut novel, The Cactus League (FSG 2020, Picador 2021) was called “a wonderful, necessary read to remind you how infinite and wild other people can be” (The Brooklyn Rail). It was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and named one of the best books of the year by NPR. Her fiction has also appeared in Gettysburg Review, n+1, Iowa Review, and Blackbird. Emily spent a decade editing literary quarterlies, including The Paris Review, which won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Award for Fiction under her tenure, and The Southern Review. She teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92NY in New York and is the sports/senior editor for the literary travel magazine Stranger’s Guide.

Professor Nemens will be teaching two classes during her term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on sport narratives as well as a short story writing workshop.

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 Holtzbrinck Berlin - Inspire Together, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Emily Nemens

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 Emily Nemens for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly (annika.schadewaldt@uni-leipzig.de) to discuss possible arrangements.