Next Picador Professor Hilary Leichter

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Hilary Leichter as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. She will hold the professorship in the summer term of 2022. (Photo Credit: Sylvie Rosokoff)

Born in New Jersey, Hilary Leichter is the author of the novel Temporary (2020), which was shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times, Conjunctions, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her next two novels are forthcoming from Ecco. Hilary teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can find out more on her website.

Leichter’s work has been described as “wildly imaginative” by The New York Times, as “delirious and deepy humanes satire” by the Wall Street Journal, and as “[a] refreshingly whimsical debut that explores the agonies of millennial life under late capitalism with the kind of surrealist humor that will offer anxious minds a reprieve from our calamitous news cycle” by the Washington Post.Temporary has been published in German by Arche in 2021.

Professor Leichter will be teaching two classes during her term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on American surrealism as well as a fiction 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 Hilary Leichter

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 Hilary Leichter for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.