Max Kade Writer-in-Residence

Every year, the Department of German Studies invites an author to the University of Arizona for the spring semester. The Max Kade Writer-in-Residence enriches the life of the department by sharing his or her work and experiences in courses and conversations, special events and every-day encounters.

2018

Judith Nika Pfeifer is a novelist, poet, and transmedia artist. She studied Political Science and Communications in Vienna and was a Visiting Postgraduate Student in Lancaster, UK and at the University of in Edinburgh. In 2017, she earned an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Vienna, where she held a position as a DOC-team research fellow from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Prior to her PhD research, she studied at the Universities of Vienna and Pavia, Italy to receive her M.A. in Political Science, Communications and Contemporary History.

Pfeifer's texts have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, such as kolik, Literatur und Kritik, the gap, and Lichtungen. She performs at poetry festivals and experiments with transmedia art projects in Vienna, Berlin, Edinburgh, Helsinki, and Munich and enjoys working together with other artists.

Books published in German: Violante (2017). manchmal passiert auch minutenlang gar nichts / sometimes nothing really happens, really (2015). between. Prose (2015). zwischen. Prosa (2014). nichts ist wichtiger. ding kleines du / nothing is more important. thing little you (2012). Nika Pfeifer's poems have been translated into English, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Malayam, French, Italian, Slovenian, Serbian, Polish, and Belarusian.

Violante was awarded the Österreichische Buchprämie 2017. zwischen, her critically acclaimed collection of short stories, was awarded the Österreichische Buchprämie 2014 by the Federal Chancellory of Austria. sometimes nothing really happens, really received the Buchprämie in 2015. Other prizes, invitations, and awards: 2017 Max Kade Writer in Residence, Easton, PA. Writer in Residence Paliano, Italy 2016. Villa Waldberta Residency Munich, 2015. Writer in Residence of the City Ptuj, Slovenia 2015. seestadt aspern 2014. Artist Residency Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany 2014. Reinhard-Priessnitz-Prize 2012.

Reviews
It is a pragmatic and playful approach, with which she approaches the writing process, a nonchalant casualness that one feels – in her micro fiction as well as in her poetry. Speech material is smashed and re-assembled, thoughts flicker and in the strongest moments, the idyll is deconstructed again. It does not matter if she puts herself on the shores of the South Pacific, takes on Vienna's pale November romance, or simply dedicates a poetry cycle to the Fluc, a music club in Vienna. The cycle – and this underlines once again her spontaneous approach to poetry – was created on site, sitting on the floor, when the technology went down at a music event/ reading. A bit of event character, music and visuals do not harm readings, even if they distract from the pure word. – the gap

yes, yes, yes!! that's what made me so excited! – i remember: that was a lively, young, fresh poem! – Friederike Mayröcker on "nothing is more important"

NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT
have found love
feels as is off
the rack it fits

Nika Pfeifer's most recent book Violante is based on the true story of an honor killing that took place in 1559, written as a furious crossover of the great opera and Quentin Tarantino's bloody cinema thrillers. Literature that is both literary and airy at the same time, unbiased present, nonchalantly historical. Sparkling prose peppered with references. – Herbert J. Wimmer

Previous Writers

2017

Christopher Kloeble is a German novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter. He studied at the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig and at the University for Film and Television in Munich, and he has held teaching...

2016

Michael Speier is a literary scholar, poet and translator, living in Berlin. He holds the Staatsexamen and a Ph.D. in German Literature from the Freie Universität Berlin. Having taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University at Leipzig, and several U.S. universities (Dartmouth College and Georgetown University among them), Michael Speier is also Adjunct Professor at the German...

2015

Zafer Şenocak, author of poetry, novels, and numerous essays, was born in Ankara and moved to West Germany in 1970 at the age of eight. He began to publish his poetry, written in German, while studying in Munich and received literary prizes in 1984 and 1988. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Şenocak traveled and had residencies or seminars at MIT, University of Miami at Oxford, the...

2014

It was while in Berlin last summer as an artist-in-residence at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that Philipp Weiss first heard about the Biosphere 2. He began to read about and research the original project that was initiated by an “eco-capitalistic thinking billionaire” and the individuals who called themselves “the Synergists.” What interested Weiss at first was the idea of...