Next Picador Professor Justin Torres

 Winni Wintermeyer

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Justin Torres as the holder of the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature in the summer term of 2016.

Justin Torres' debut novel, We the Animalswas published in 2011 and quickly became a national hit, making it onto the bestseller lists of, among others, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. The novel garnered universal praise from critics, appeared on various best books of 2011 lists, and won prizes such as the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Fred R. Brown Literary Award. It has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently also being adapted into a film.

In addition to his first novel, Justin Torres has written a number of pieces of short fiction and essays, which appeared in venues like the New YorkerHarper's, and the Guardian. He holds a BA in Latin American History and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In the past, he has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a creative writing fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at universities around the country and is currently Assistant Professor of English at UCLA.

Professor Torres will be teaching two classes during his term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on “The View from the Margins: Outsider Fiction” 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 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 Justin Torres

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