Next Picador Professor Josh Weil

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Josh Weil as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. He will hold the professorship in the summer term of 2019.

Josh Weil is a prize-winning author of one novel, The Great Glass Sea (2014), and two collections, one of novellas (The New Valley, 2009) and one of short stories (The Age of Perpetual Light, 2017). His fiction has been noted for its “breadth, intensity and audacity of ambition” (New York Times) and for how it evokes “the mythic feel of a contemporary classic” (Los Angeles Times). Together, his three books have been awarded numerous prizes, among them the Sue Kaufman First Fiction Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the California Book Award, and a 5-Under-35 Award from the National Book Foundation.

Josh Weil was born in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia and now resides in California. He has been a featured fellow and guest instructor at institutions such as the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Gotham Writer's Workshop, Columbia University, and Bennington College. His short stories and essays have been widely published, for instance in Granta, Narrative, Guernica, American Short Fiction, Esquire, Ploughshares, the New York Times, and Salon. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Ohio University.

Professor Weil will be teaching two classes during his term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on the role of the Western in American literature as well as a short story 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 the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Josh Weil

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