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Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation with the author Regina Dürig, currently writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus at NYU, and the writer and translator Tess Lewis. Their conversation will focus on Regina Dürig’s creative practice; her wide-ranging writing (including experimental prose, theater and radio plays, and children’s and YA books); and how her role as a lecturer in creative writing influences her writing career and vice versa.
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About the speakers:
Regina Dürig (GER/SUI) is a writer, performer, and lecturer/mentor in creative writing, a. o. at the Bern Academy of the Arts HKB. She writes experimental prose, theater and radio plays, children's books, YA novels, and uncertain translations. Regina's work often revolves around moments of silence and being silenced, as in her novel Federn lassen (2021, Literaturverlag Droschl), and explores the notion of gentle encounters. Collaborations with other disciplines are an important part of her artistic practice, notably the Stories & Sounds duo Butterland with Christian Müller and the text-drawing-collective DUA with visual artist Patrizia Bach. Regina has received numerous awards for her work, including the Peter Härtling Prize, the Wartholz Literature Prize, and the Literature Prize of the Canton of Bern, her YA books were shortlisted for the German and Swiss national literature award for young readers and included in the IBBY Honour List. Her most recent publication is the children’s & recipe book Maila, Pia und die Schokoladenzwillinge (2022, Verlag die Brotsuppe) and the play Körper am Ende der Welt (2023, Theater Praesent Innsbruck). Regina has received her PhD from Plymouth University (UK) with a fabulatory study of classical philologist Alice Kober’s archive. She lives in Biel.
Tess Lewis is a writer and translator from French and German. Her translations include works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Klaus Merz, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Christine Angot, Pascal Bruckner, and Jean-Luc Benoziglio. She has been awarded grants from PEN USA, PEN UK, and the NEA, a Max Geilinger Translation Grant for her translation of Philippe Jaccottet, the ACFNY Translation Prize and the 2017 PEN Translation Prize for her translation of the novel Angel of Oblivion by the Austrian writer Maja Haderlap, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She has served on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and as Co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee. She has been an Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review since 2003. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a number of journals and newspapers including Bookforum, Partisan Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Hudson Review, World Literature Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald and The American Scholar. Tess Lewis was a 2021-22 Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
“Prose and Uncertainty: An Evening with Regina Dürig and Tess Lewis” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and presented with the generous support of Pro Helvetia.