Esther Dischereit


Photo by Bettina Straub

Esther Dischereit was born in Heppenheim, Germany, and now lives in Berlin. She has published fiction, poetry, and essays and is a prolific writer for radio and the stage. She has been a fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European and Jewish Studies and the DAAD Chair for Contemporary Poetics at New York University (2019) and gives frequent lectures and readings in the United States, Canada, the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe. In 2009 she received Austria’s prestigious Erich Fried Prize for her writing. Sometimes a Single Leaf is her latest volume of poetry, translated by Iain Galbraith (Arc, 2019). A collection of her essays, Mama, darf ich das Deutschlandlied singen (Mama, am I allowed to sing the Germany song), is forthcoming in 2020. WLT published her poem “Lamentations” in 2018.

  • Numerous uniformly cube shaped objects serving as memorials in a field bathed in the colors of sunset
    November 26, 2019 | Esther Dischereit
    Photo by mini_malist / Flickr After every right-wing act of violence we hear once more that it was a “lone wolf” attack. Esther Dischereit argues that this is an implausible cover-up of attitude...
  • A photo of two voice actors sitting close to one another working on a radio production, juxtaposed with the cover to Flowers for Othello: On the Crimes That Came out of Jena
    April 17, 2018 | Esther Dischereit
    Mürtüz Yolcu (Enver) and Mansou Ciss (Otello) producing the radio play Blumen für Otello, April 9, 2014 / Photo by Sandro Most courtesy of Deutschlandradio   Author’s note: Flowers...

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