Shane Anderson is a Berlin-based poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of Soft Passer (Mindmade Books) and Études des Gottnarrenmaschinen (Broken Dimanche Books). His poems, texts and translations have been published in 6x6, Asymptote, Edit, Plinth, Triple Canopy, Natalie Czech’s Il Pleut series and Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament (Skira Rizzoli). In 2016, he curated the festival HERE! HERE! THERE! at the Berliner Festspiele. Currently, he is working on a book-length essay entitled Strength in Numbers; or, Learning Hope From Sports.
Ines Berwing was born in 1984. She studied German and English Literature in Frankfurt am Main and Freiburg, and Screenwriting at the dffb, German Film and Television Academy Berlin. In 2015 she was a writer-in-residence for BELLA triste. Recently her poetry was published in LICHTUNGEN, and in Poetics Patakis. Her short film ELISA premiered at Reykjavik International Film Festival in 2016. Berwing works as a freelance writer in Berlin.
Timo Brandt was born in Düsseldorf in 1992. He is based in Vienna, where he studies Language Arts at the University of Applied Arts and works as an editor of JENNY. His poems, essays and reviews have recently appeared in, among others, BELLA triste, Metamorphosen, fixpoetry, and signaturen. His first book of poems, Enterhilfe fürs Universum (edition offenes feld), came out this year.
Monika Cassel is a translator from the German. Her works have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, Guernica, and Asymptote, and are forthcoming in the Harvard Review’s online Omniglots feature. Her chapbook Grammar of Passage won the Venture Poetry Award and is forthcoming from flipped eye publishing in 2017. She is the former Chair of Creative Writing and Literature at New Mexico School for the Arts and currently teaches German at Oregon State University.
Conor Clarke was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1982. She studied at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland and now lives and works in Berlin. www.conorvonclarks.com
Crauss was born 1971 in Siegen, Germany, where he still lives. He teaches Creative Writing and works as an editor of Kritische Ausgabe. He was a finalist of the Leonce-und-Lena-Preis and recently an artist-in-residence at the Ventspils international writers’ and translators’ house in Latvia. His latest publication is Dieser Junge / Digital Toes (Verlagshaus Berlin, 2016) which has been nominated for the German eBook-Award. www.crauss.de
Caroline Danneil was born in 1971 in Karlsruhe and studied German and English Literature at the LMU Munich and the University of Cambridge. She worked as a secondary school teacher. Since spring 2016 she has been a member of the Frankfurt-based poetry collective Salon Fluchtentier.
Daniela Danzis an author and art historian, and was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1976. She studied German Literature and Art History in Tübingen, Prag, Berlin, Leipzig, and Halle/Saale. She is the head of the literature museum Schillerhaus in Rudolstadt, Thüringen and teaches at the University of Hildesheim. Her most recent novel Lange Fluchten was published in 2016. STILL 5 features several pieces from her latest collection of poetry, V (Wallstein Verlag, 2014). She has been awarded numerous prizes, most recently the London-scholarship by Deutscher Literaturfonds e.V. www.chiragon.de
Tobias Faisst was born in 1984 and grew up in southern Germany. He studied Communication Design in Potsdam, where he specialized in photography under Wiebke Loeper. He now works as a graphic designer and photographer. His work can be found in It’s Nice That, iGNANT, Paper Journal, and SPBH and has been published in Capital and Neon magazines. www.tobiasfaisst.com
Ulrike Feibig was born in Magdeburg in 1984. She studied Art Mediation at the Leipzig University and Creative Writing at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. Her first book of poetry, perlicke, perlacke, mein Herz schlägt (poetenladen), was published last year.
Chris Fenwick is a writer and translator based in Berlin, where he is completing a Ph.D. at the Freie Universität. He previously studied at the École normale supérieure in Paris and at Cambridge. He is an editor of literaturwissenschaftberlin.de, a blog published by the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, and also maintains the blog www.lexipenia.wordpress.com
Martin Fritz was born in 1989 in Tirol, Austria. He studied Literature and German Studies in Innsbruck. In 2011, he was a scholar of the 15th Klagenfurt Literature Course. His book of poems, intrinsiche süßigkeit (Berger Verlag) was published 2013. He currently works on his dissertation on pop culture. www.assotsiationsklimbim.twoday.net
Alexander Gehring was born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1981. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, as well as at the London College of Communication. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Aff Galerie, Berlin; Aperture, New York; and Lage Galerie, Kassel, among others. In 2016 he received the Merck prize. He lives and works in Berlin.
Marius Goldhorn writes fiction and poetry. He was born in 1991 near Bonn. After finishing his studies in Philosophy and History in Berlin, he joined the Creative Writing program at the University of Hildesheim. In 2016 he published Ein durstiger Fisch im See: Meditation, mein Vater und ich (Hanser Box).
Axel Görlach was born in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria in 1966. He attended teachers’ training college in Nürnberg and studied Philosophy and Modern German Literature at the University of Erlangen. He was awarded the Feldkircher Lyrikpreis in 2014. His latest publication is lichtstill (edition art science, St. Wolfgang 2015).
Markus Gottschall was born in 1989 in Sachsen, Germany. He lives and works in Leipzig, where he also studied at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut.
Catherine Hales lives in Berlin and works as a translator. Her books include feasible stratagems (Veer Books), and as a translator, Berlin Fresco — Selected Poems of Norbert Hummelt (Shearsman). Her poems have been translated into German and Czech. She was the coordinator of the Berlin Poetry Hearings festival. Recordings of her reading are available on www.archiveofthenow.org
Johannes Heinke is a photographer born in 1986 in Leipzig. He holds a BFA from the Bauhaus University Weimar and a MFA in Photography from the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. He also studied at Pratt Institute, New York. Recent group exhibitions include Confetti for Rostock at Marta Herford (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), and Diskrete Mechanismen at Galerie Eigenheim (Berlin), as a part of the European Month of Photography. www.johannesheinke.de
Jan Imgrund was born in Düsseldorf in 1974 and lives in Berlin where he works as a lawyer. He has published poetry both online and in print, most recently in randnummer 5-6-7.
Mark Kanak is an author and translator based in Berlin. He has written five books to date, including a translation of Jeff Tweedy’s collection of poems, Adult Head, into German (kopf erwachsen, Lautsprecherverlag, 2006). He has also written two books in German, most recently folterlyrik (»torture poems«, edition art science, St. Wolfgang 2013). Forthcoming next year from Twisted Spoon Press, Prague, is his translation of Walter Serner’s Letzte Lockerung into English, and original prose entitled Tractatus illogico-insanus (Ritter Verlag) in German.
Magdalena Kotzurek,born in Poland in 1988, lives in Leipzig and works as a translator and interpreter in Spanish, English, and Polish. She also writes poetry and prose. She is a nominee for the Open Mike Literaturpreis 2017.
Birgit Kreipe is a Berlin-based poet and psychologist. Her most recent book is SOMA (kookbooks, Berlin 2016).
Isabelle Lehnwas born in Bonn, Germany in 1979 and lives in Leipzig. She has a doctorate in Rhetoric and worked as a teacher and a researcher at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. For her debut novel, Binde zwei Vögel zusammen (2016), she was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.
Georg Leßwas born in Neheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, in 1981. He is the author of the poetry collectionSchlachtgewicht (parasitenpresse, 2013). He received the Advancement Award for Literature of the GWK in 2014, and the Young Artists Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2016. He resides in Berlin.
Jana Mila Lippitzwas born in 1988 in Hamburg. She studies Photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany and was recently enrolled in the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakau in Poland. Her exhibition some leopards never change their spots was presented in Galerie 52, Essen in 2016. Most recently her work far too close was shown in Q Gallery, Kopenhagen. She lives and works in Bochum and Essen. www.janamilalippitz.de
Friederike Mayröcker is an Austrian poet, born in Vienna in 1924. She is the author of more than 80 books of poetry, fiction, and radio plays. She was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 2001, and the Peter-Huchel-Prize in 2010. Her most recent book of poetry, fleurs, (Suhrkamp, Berlin 2016) forms the end of a trilogy together with cahier (2014) and études (2013). The poems featured in STILL 5 are excerpted from études.
Jonas Mölzer is enrolled in the Creative Writing program at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. His texts have appeared in Tippgemeinschaft 2015 and 2016. He was born in 1995 and originally hails from Regensburg.
Pega Mund was born in the south of Germany and studied Psychology in Munich. Currently, she lives in Gröbenzell near Munich. Her works have been published in magazines and anthologies. In 2016 she was invited to the Münchner Lyrikpreis.
Sandra Santanahails from Madrid and now teaches Philosophy at the University of Zaragoza. She previously studied in Berlin and Vienna, and received her Ph.D. in Spain. She has published two books of poetry, Marcha por el desierto (2004) and Es el verbo tan frágil (2008). Santana also translates from German to Spanish, recently the works of Karl Kraus, Ernst Jandl, and Peter Handke.
Bradley Schmidttranslates contemporary German prose and poetry by authors including Ulrike Almut Sandig, Bernhard Schlink, Anna Kim, and Philipp Winkler. His latest translation, Hooligan, was published in April 2018 by Arcade Publishing (New York). He is an Associate Editor at No Man’s Land and also serves on the jury of the 2018 Best Translated Book Award. He is currently translating the diaries of Peter Sloterdijk for Semiotext(e). He grew up in rural Kansas, but is now based in Leipzig, where he teaches writing and translation classes at Leipzig University. www.bradley-schmidt.com
Felix Schillerwas born in 1986 in Weißenburg, Germany. He studied Philosophy, History and German Literature in Freiburg, Basel, Wien and La Paz. He was awarded artists’ residencies by the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and was invited to both the 22th and 24th Open Mike. His debutregionale konflikte (hochroth München) was published in Fall 2017.
Sophie Seitais a poet, playwright, translator, and scholar. She is the editor of a facsimile reprint ofThe Blind Man (UDP, 2017) and the translator of Uljana Wolf’s i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where (Wonder, 2015) and Subsisters: Selected Poems (Belladonna, 2017), for which she received a 2015 PEN/Heim Award. Her most recent chapbook is Meat (Little Red Leaves, 2015). Other writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in BOMB, The White Review, Gauss PDF, and Pen America. She is a Junior Research Fellow in English at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, working on her first monograph.
Lorena Simmelwas born in 1988 in Fribourg, Switzerland. She studied at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel. She was a scholar of the 16th Klagenfurt Literature Course 2012. She writes forCee Cee Berlin and lives in Berlin Wedding, where she is currently working on her novel debut.
Mercedes Spannagelwas born in 1995 and lives in Vienna, where she currently studies at the TU Wien. Her most recent works were published byBELLA triste, mosaik, and JENNY. In 2017 she won the Rauriser Literaturförderungspreis.
Donna Stonecipheris an American poet and the author of four books of poetry, most recentlyModel City (Shearsman, Bristol 2015). Her translation of Friederike Mayröcker’s études is forthcoming with Seagull Books in 2018. She lives in Berlin.
Robert Striplingwas born in Berlin 1989. He is a writer and performer based in Frankfurt am Main. He was involved in productions for Schauspiel Frankfurt as well as Junges Schauspiel Hannover. He has been awarded the Open Mike poetry prize in 2014. www.robertstripling.tumblr.com
Daniel Terna was born in 1987 in Brooklyn, New York. He has participated in select group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; Foley Gallery, New York; Baxter St. Camera Club of NY; and the New Wight Biennial, UCLA, Los Angeles, among others. Terna graduated with a BA in Photography from Bard College, New York, and received his MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard. He runs and co-curates 321 Gallery in Brooklyn. www.danielterna.com
Peter Wawerzinekis a writer and director based in Berlin. He won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2010. His book Rabenliebe (Galiani) was shortlisted for the German Book Prize. For his recent work Schluckspecht (Galiani), he traveled Wales.
Linus Westheuserwas born in 1989 in Berlin, where he is a student in Sociology. He is a member and co-founder of Berlin’sG13 poetry collective. Among other places, his writing has appeared in BELLA triste, Belletristik, poet, and Maintenant Journal for Contemporary Dada Poetry and Art. His first book of poetry, oh schwerkraft (Kookbooks) was published in 2014. www.gdreizehn.com
Michael Wolfwas born in 1988 and studied Media Science and Creative Writing in Potsdam and Hildesheim. He works as a journalist.
Uljana Wolf, born in 1979 in Berlin, lives and works in Berlin and Brooklyn. She has published three volumes of poetry,kochanie ich habe brot gekauft (Kookbooks, 2005), falsche freunde (Kookbooks, 2009), and Meine schönste Lengevitch (Kookbooks, 2013), and a joint sonnet erasure project with Christian Hawkey, Sonne from Ort (2012). Her work has been translated into more than thirteen languages. She has received numerous prizes for her literary works and translations, including the Peter Huchel Prize and the Dresden Poetry Prize. Wolf teaches German and Literary Translation at New York University and the Pratt Institute.