Next Picador Professor Sasha Pimentel

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Sasha Pimentel as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. She will hold the professorship in the winter term of 2018/19.

Born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Saudi Arabia and the United States, Sasha Pimentel is an acclaimed poet and author who has published, among others, in the New York Times Magazine, the American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and Guernica. She is the author of two prize-winning collections of poetry: Insides She Swallowed (2010), winner of the 2011 American Book Award, and For Want of Water (2017), which was selected for the 2016 National Poetry Series and was longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Open Book Award.

Sasha Pimentel is an Associate Professor of poetry and creative nonfiction at the University of Texas at El Paso, and she also teaches in a bilingual MFA program. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. In 2015, she received the University of Texas System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Pimentel will be teaching two classes during her term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on “Contemporary Poetries” as well as a poetry 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 Sasha Pimentel

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