Sara Gmuer was born in 1980 in Locarno. She spent her childhood in the Italian Switzerland, her adolescence in Lucerne. Aged 17, she dropped out of school, traveled the world, earned her first money as a model and spent it for rap records. In 2002 she finished acting school in Zurich and since then starred in quite a few film and television productions. Sara Gmuer lives in Berlin.

 

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Oliver Geyer was born in 1973 in Bielefeld. He studied journalism, psychology, political science and communication studies at Westminster University London and Freie Universität Berlin and worked as a copywriter with the advertising agencies Aimaq Rapp & Stolle and Scholz & Friends.
After that, he worked as a freelance journalist for the Frankfurter Sonntagszeitung, WELT am SONNTAG, Frankfurter Rundschau, Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Vanity Fair, Psychologie Heute, Maxim, Playboy, fluter, geo.de and as assistant head editor for the society magazine DUMMY. Oliver Geyer lives with his family alternately in Berlin and, together with several friends, in a house in the Uckermark.

 

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Fredy Gareis was born in Alma-Ata, Kasakhstan. After his resettlement, he grows up in Rüsselsheim. To escape the fug of the working-class town, he soon began travelling the world. To Sibiria, for instance, where he dug deep into his family history, all the way down to the former penal camp at the Malinovoye Ozero where his grandmother was held.
Until starting university, he made a living as a taxi driver, a bartender and other jobs too embarassing to mention. Finally, he studied American Literature in Hamburg and Berlin and, after that, finished journalism school in Munich.
As of 2007, he worked as a freelance journalist and wrote features such as an undercover story for stern in 2008, in the course of which he entered Scientology for five months. Gareis was an Arthur F. Burns scholar in 2009 and received the Journalist Award PuK of the Deutscher Kulturrat in 2012 for the feature A Picasso in Palestine, published in DIE ZEIT. Since  2010 he has been reporting from Israel and the Middle East as a freelance correspondent, amongst others for Der Tagesspiegel, DIE ZEIT and Deutschlandradio.

 

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Julia Gäbel was born in Großburgwedel in 1975 and studied Italian, German, English, literature and cultural studies at Hannover University between 1996 and 2001. In 2005 she obtained a degree in fashion journalism and communication from Akademie Mode & Design in Hamburg. Julia Gäbel works as a journalist since 1998.

 

Pittys Blues

 

Oliver Heilwagen was born in 1968. After studying History, Philosophie, and Economy he completed a traineeship in broadcasting. He then started working for various German media outlets such as FAZ, Die Welt, Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung and Deutschlandradio. In 2011, he founded kunstundfilm.de (art and movies), an online magazine featuring reviews of art exhibitions and arthouse films.
Spazierfahrt nach Syrakus (Riding to Syracus. From Germany to Sicily by bike) is Heilwagen's first book and will be published at Knesebeck Verlag in March 2022.

 

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Sarah Höflich was born in 1979 in the German northern province of Schleswig. Already as a child, she was mesmerised by stories and history. After studying English Philology in Germany, she went on to study Creative Writing in the US as a Fulbright fellow, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts. Today, she is a screen writer and producer for the UFA, and has realised a variety of successful TV series. Heimatsterben is her first novel. Höflich and her family live in Cologne.

 

Maikäferjahre

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When Franziska Heinisch, born in 1999, was little she wanted to become a mayor. Today she is an activist. Everything she saw during her process of political sensitisation was crisis, which became her biggest motivation to develop and to advocate a political vision of her own. Ever since, Heinisch is fighting against the climate crisis, for a turnaround of our economical practice, and for social and global justice. She gets people to the streets, and she confronts those in power. She stands her ground in talkshows, and in newspaper articles, in her private bubble, and while facing decision-makers. Whenever her anger against the societal balance of power is taking over she starts writing, with the deep conviction that change is possible.

In early 2019, her newspaper article about the climate strike in the German weekly Die ZeitSauer auf unsere Eltern (Annoyed by our parents) lay the foundation for the bestseller book Ihr habt keinen Plan, darum machen wir einen (You don't have a plan hence we make one), written by her and seven co-writers of the Jugendrat der Generationen Stiftung. In the spring of 2021, the year of the German parliamentary elections, her book Wir haben keine Wahl. Ein Manifest gegen das Aufgeben (We don't have a choice. A manifesto against giving up) was published. 

Franziska Heinisch studies law and lives in Berlin.

 

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Max Heberer was born in 1987. After studying Psychology and Rhetorical Studies he started working as a management consultant for a couple of years. In 2018 he quit his job to hike the Alps for several months, abandoning civilisation in search of tranquility and authenticity. Today, he works less and enjoys life more, living together with his girlfirend in the suburbs with a view of woods and vineyards.

 

Gipfelnächte

 

Petra Hardt was born in 1954 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After a degree in Romance Philology in Paris and Freiburg she has been working as a rights dealer for German publishing houses for 40 years. Sie has been writing and lecturing on the subject of international publishing at German universities and abroad. Since November 2019 Petra Hardt is working as a freelance writer and as a consultant in the international publishing world.

 

Fernlieben

 

Florian Havemann was born in 1952 in East Berlin. He is the son of the GDR dissident Robert Havemann. In 1968 Florian Havemann was arrested while protesting the brutal crackdown on the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia. In 1971 he fled to the West, where he found work as an electrician, lighting technician and as a janitor. In 1974 he started studying drama with Hermann van Harten. From 1974 until 1979 he studied graphic design and later on set design with Achim Freyer at the Berlin Academy of the Arts. In 1977 he staged an evening with texts by the Russian futurist Velimir Chlebnikow titled Auszüge aus den Tafeln des Schicksals. In 1978 he started working on a play about the nazi architect Albert Speer. In 1985 he founded a theatre lab. From 1986 on he worked as a cleaner. In 1989 he wrote a play based on the life of Rosa Luxemburg (Rosa). In 1999 he was appointed lay judge at the constitutional court of Brandenburg. In 2002 Havemann was running for parliament for the PDS of Saxony. From 2002 to 2009 he was working on a theatre project about politicians. From 2003 to 2011 he was co-editor of the online magazine Zeitschrift für unfertige Gedanken. In 2007, Suhrkamp published his book Havemann about his grandfather and father which created a massive scandal. From 2009 to 2013 he worked as personal advisor of the Linke politician Gregor Gysi. Since 2019 Havemann owns a gallery in Berlin, supported by German-American venture capitalist Albert Wenger.

 

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