Markus Kirschner

MARKUS KIRSCHNER has spent the past 15 years working in all aspects of filmmaking.  As a screenwriter, Markus adapted Colum McCann’s DANCER for Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler’s Maven Pictures. He co-wrote the original script, BIG PLAY, with Yaron Zilberman (A LATE QUARTET, INCITEMENT) for Opening Night Productions. Most recently, Markus wrote HERSHEL for producers … Read more

Will Buckingham

WILL BUCKINGHAM has worked in the international entertainment industry for over 10 years. He has written made-for-TV movies that have aired around the world on Lifetime Channel, Hallmark, SkyTV, Prime, TF1, M6, Antena3, and more. He has developed series with DARK co-creator Jantje Friese, and optioned original TV & film projects to Germany’s Network-Movie and … Read more

Michael Jeffrey Lee

MICHAEL JEFFREY LEE’s first collection, Something in My Eye, received the Mary McCarthy Prize and was published by Sarabande. His second collection, My Worst Ideas, is forthcoming in 2023 from Spurl Editions. His stories have appeared in N+1, BOMB, The Rupture, and The Southern Review, among others. He has taught fiction at Tulane University, the University of Louisiana, and … Read more

Donna Stonecipher

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DONNA STONECIPHER is the author of five books of poetry, including Transaction Histories, which The New York Times cited as one of the 10 best poetry books of 2018. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, amongst others. She has taught at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Berlin.

Jane Flett

JANE FLETT is a Scottish writer based in Berlin. Her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, featured in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and awarded the New Orleans Writing Residency. Her poetry features in the Best British Poetry and received the Berlin Senate Award for non-German literature. She is represented by Marina de Pass … Read more

Cynthia Cruz

CYNTHIA CRUZ’s most recent collection of poems, Hotel Oblivion (Four Ways Books, 2023), won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. Her other publications include Steady Diet of Nothing (Four Ways Books, 2023), Back to the Woods (Four Ways Books, 2023), Guidebooks for the Dead (Four Way … Read more

Johanna da Rocha Abreu


JOHANNA DA ROCHA ABREU is the Admin Manager at The Reader Berlin. Jo has been a fan of The Reader Berlin since 2011 when she attended the first Fiction Workshop with Victoria Gosling. Her short stories have been published in the anthology Tales of Another Country and journals including Green Hills Literary Lantern, Amarillo Bay, … Read more

Sharon D. Mertins

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SHARON D. MERTINS is the Director of The Reader Berlin. Her work has appeared in Jersey Devil Press, Café Irreal,, Leopardskin and Limes and The Wild Word Anthology, among others, and she has been a featured writer on Visual Verse.  She is originally from Guatemala and writes about strange natural forces and everything phantasmagorical and … Read more

Marieke Bigg

MARIEKE BIGG writes about bodies and culture. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, where she studied the technological transformation of human reproduction. She now writes both nonfiction and fiction about the cultural dimensions of biology and bodies. Her debut novel, Waiting for Ted (Dead Ink Press, forthcoming October 2022) was described by … Read more

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