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

Judy Moore

JUDY MOORE is a multifunctional artist and busy little bee. She writes the web comic memoir Everything is Somewhat Repaired and is working on a gothic romance comic about the movie star Montgomery Clift. She has exhibited extensively, including at Whose Museum, the National Portrait Gallery London, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. She’s been published … Read more

Sanders Bernstein

SANDERS ISAAC BERNSTEIN is a writer living in Berlin. His work has appeared in, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hypocrite Reader, Ploughshares, Slow Travel Berlin, London Magazine, Majuscule, and The Bad Version, a literary magazine he founded and edited from 2011-2014. He holds degrees from Harvard College, the University of Oxford, and the University of Southern California, where … Read more

Sara Larsen

  Sara Larsen is an American poet living in Berlin. Her fourth book of poetry, Detonated Mirror, is forthcoming in 2023 from The Elephants Press. Previous books include The Riot Grrrl Thing (Roof Books), Merry Hell (Atelos Press) and All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press). Recent poems have appeared at The Brooklyn Rail, NEW: The Journal of American Poetry, and Nouvelle poésie des États-Unis: Nioques.  She … Read more

Saskya Jain

SASKYA JAIN is a writer based in New Delhi and Berlin. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Boston University. Her first novel, Fire Under Ash, was published by Random House India in 2014 and shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt Prize in 2015. Her second novel is forthcoming later this year with Simon & Schuster India. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals in … Read more

Victoria Gosling

VICTORIA GOSLING is the founder of The Reader Berlin and The Berlin Writing Prize. In 2021, her debut novel BEFORE THE RUINS was published by Henry Holt (USA) and Serpent’s Tail (UK). Her second novel BLISS AND BLUNDER was published by Serpent’s Tail in August 2023. She is represented by Judith Murray of literary agency Greene … Read more

Olivia Parkes

OLIVIA PARKES is a British-American writer and artist based in Berlin. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, Zyzzyva, and The Masters Review, among other publications. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2021 and is the recipient of fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Dorothea Konwiarz Stiftung, and … Read more

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