The Board

The first regular board of PEN Berlin was elected at the general meeting on December 3, 2022 for a two-year term.


Eva Menasse, born in Vienna in 1970, has lived in Berlin since 1999. Originally a journalist with profil and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), she works today as a writer and essayist. Recipient of (amongst others) Heinrich Böll Prize (2013), Friedrich Hölderlin Prize (2017), Ludwig Börne Prize (2019). Most recently she published the novel “Dunkelblum” (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2021). Photo [m]: Friedrich Bungert


Deniz Yücel, born 1973 in Flörsheim (Main), journalist (Jungle Worlddie tageszeitung, since 2015 Welt) 1 University degree (political science), 3 books (Nautilus, Kiepenheuer & Witsch), 1 pair of prizes, 1 year political prisoner (Turkey), 7 months president of the German PEN (Darmstadt). Photo [m]: Urban Zintel


Members of Board

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972 and grew up in the Spessart hills. In 1996 she moved to Hamburg because of the weather. Her columns appear in the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, her novels with Suhrkamp publishing house. Her “Chastity Riley” series has received numerous awards, including the German Crime Fiction Prize and the International Dagger Award. Current book: “Only the others are immortal”. Simone Buchholz lives on Hamburg’s St. Pauli district. Photo [m]: Gerald von Foris


Alexandru Bulucz, born in Alba Iulia in 1987, spent his childhood in Romania and has lived in Germany since his youth. He is a freelance author, translator, critic, and editor. For his poetry he was awarded the Wolfgang Weyrauch Prize of the Literary March (2019). For his prose he won the the Deutschlandfunk Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition (2022). He lives and works in Berlin. Photo [m]: Renate von Mangoldt


Joachim Helfer, born in Bonn in 1964, lives in Berlin. Novelist, editor, essayist, translator. Former online pioneer with Netzeitung. Villa Aurora Scholarship and Prize of the Association of German Industry, amongst others. Three novels and a volume of novellas with Suhrkamp publishing house, also the essay “The world turns gay”. Photo [m]: private


Sandra Hetzl, born 1980 in Munich, translator from Arabic and author, founder of the literary collective 10/11 for contemporary Arabic literature and of the literature festival »Downtown Spandau Medina«. Foto [m]: privat


Konstantin Küspert was born 1982 in Regensburg and writes for the theater. His plays can be seen in many German cities and can be ordered from Suhrkamp publishing house. Photo [m]: private


Ronya Othmann, born 1993 in Munich, novelist, poet, and essayist. Since 2021, she has been writing the column “Import Export” for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. In 2020, Hanser published her novel “Those Summer”, for which she was awarded the Mara Cassens Prize. It was followed in 2021 by her poetry collection “the crimes”, for which she received the Orphil Debut Prize. She has three cats. Photo [m]: Cihan Çakmak


Julya Rabinowich, born in 1970 in Leningrad, grew up in Austria, is a writer, columnist, playwright, painter and interpreter. Her most recent publication was »Dazwischen: Wir« (Hanser publishing house). Rabinowich lives in Vienna. Foto [m]: Michael Mazohl


Sophie Sumburane, born in Potsdam in 1987, studied German and African Studies at the University of Leipzig and at the German Literature Institute Leipzig. She received her doctorate in forensic linguistics from the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. She is the author of several crime novels, writes for various media and is committed to combating racism and right-wing extremism. Current book: “Dead Spots” (Nautilus) . Photo [m]: Ben Gross


Jörg Sundermeier, born in Gütersloh in 1970, is an author and publisher of Verbrecher Verlag. He initiated the Left Book Days Berlin, served on the board of the Kurt Wolff Foundation, and is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg state board of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. He publishes in newspaper as taz, Berliner Zeitung, and Jungle World. His most recent publication was »Bedeutungswelten – Giwi Margwelaschwili im Gespräch mit Jörg Sundermeier« (Verbrecher publishing house). Foto [m]: Nane Diehl


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