About Festival Neue Literatur
Established in 2009 as a collaborative project of New York’s leading German-language cultural institutions, i.e. the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the German Consulate General New York, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. (formerly known as the German Book Office), Goethe-Institut New York, and Pro Helvetia, Festival Neue Literatur (FNL) is the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction together.
For three days each spring the festival pairs up-and-coming authors from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany with literary voices from the U.S. for free readings and discussions in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing diverse perspectives and sensibilities into a dynamic intercultural conversation.
About Words with Writers
Selected students from Columbia University, New York University, Hunter College, Vassar College, Rutgers College and Pratt Institute take on FNL authors in a lightning round of literary interviews.
Featuring all six German-language authors—Daniela Emminger, Laura Freudenthaler, Stefanie de Velasco, Pierre Jarawan, Dana Grigorcea, and Gianna Molinari—as well as students Amanda Mandel, Endre M. Holéczy, Sean Crisp, Eliza Perkins Zachary Issenberg, and Nicole Uberreich; moderated by festival curator and translator Tim Mohr.
With special thanks to Professor Susan Bernofsky of Columbia University for her integral role in the organization of this event!
The event is free of charge and in English. RSVPs are required due to limited seating.