Susanne Gregor, born in 1981 in Žilina, Slovakia, moved to Austria with her parents in 1990, studied German literature and journalism, then taught at the University of New Orleans. She has been living in Vienna since 2005. In 2010 she was awarded the Exile Literature Prize Writing between Cultures. In 2011 she published her debut novel Kein eigener Ort. Her novel Territorien was published in 2015 and her short story collection Unter Wasser in 2018.
Rico Grimm was born in 1986, studied at the German School for Journalism in Munich and has worked as a reporter ever since (krautreporter.de, Spiegel Online, Zitty). For piqd he curates the best articles in the fields economy, media, contemporary history and society. He lives in Berlin.
Julia Grosse, born in Mainz in 1976, studied history of art, film and literature in Bochum. Over the last seven years she has worked as a culture correspondent in London for AD, taz, FAS, Merian and SZ Magazin. She is moreover affiliated to the journalists network Weltreporter.net. She now lives with her husband and two children in Berlin and runs the online magazine Contemporary And (C&), which focusses on contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Versteh mich nicht falsch! Gesten weltweit. Das Handbuch was her first book, first self-published, then as a paperback by Piper in 2012. Thanks to Julia Grosse’s appearance at TV Total it became something of a surprise hit.
Johannes Gunst, born in 1984, co-founded the investigative desk at the magazine stern in 2010. In the following years, he specialized on security issues. He majored in communication sciences and already got on the short list of the Henri Nannen Preis twice: In 2010, with a piece about the Iranian nuclear program, and in 2013, with a investigative piece on the document destruction at the German Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendeinst) after the uncovering of the National Socialist Underground (NSU). While working as a journalist, Johannes Gunst was intensely dealing with the question how the internal information management might be optimised within the stern desk.
Michael Gielen was born in Dresden in 1927 as the son of the actress Rose Steuermann and Joseph Gielen, later director of the Burgtheater in Vienna. The Nazi takeover forced the family into emigration, first to Vienna, later to Argentina. As répétiteur at the Teatro Colón, Gielen met the great conductors of the time. Not until 1950 did he return to Vienna to work as conductor at the Staatsoper, together with Clemens Krauss, Herbert von Karajan and Karl Böhm. The most important chapter in his career was Frankfurt am Main, where the cooperation with Ruth Berghaus, Hans Neuenfels, Jürgen Flimm, Harry Kupfer and Volker Schlöndorff, known as the »era Gielen« (1977–88). In 1986 Gielen was awarded the Theodor-W.-Adorno-Preis of the city of Frankfurt on the Main. In 2006 he received the Musikpreis of the city of Duisburg, in 2007 he has been honored with the Faust-Theaterpreis for his oeuvre and in 2010 he received the Siemens-Musikpreis. In 2005 he published his memoirs Unbedingt Musik. Michael Gielen died in his house in Mondsee, Austria on 8 March 2019.
Cem Gülay was born in 1970 as a son of Turkish immigrants in Hamburg. He made his high-school diploma in 1991 and wanted to study at the university, but then decided to make his career as a gangster instead. The desire for recognition through fast money was decisive here. 2001 Gülay succeeded in what so many fail in: he bailed out. From that time on, he dedicated himself to the integration of teenagers with migration background, to spare the youngsters what he had to go through. The book about his story is the first step in that direction. After several stays abroad, Cem Gülay lives in Berlin again.
He who, like him, grows up among Hanseatic people, has three possibilities to escape from the typical lethargy of a coast metropolis: Advertising. Writing. Or going to sea. After an education in advertising and three years of agency work it was clear to him: Neither advertising, no, nor going to sea was meant for him, but journalism. After a traineeship at the publishing group Milchstraße and studies at Akademie für Publizistik in Hamburg, Tim Gutke wrote interviews, reports and portraits for the Playboy. Since November 2009 Tim Gutke is a freelance journalist with focus on interviews and reports. He is chief of copywriting at the international men's magazine L'Officiel Hommes and develops magazine concepts for the media concern Gruner und Jahr. Tim Gutke lives in Munich.
Katrin Grunwald about herself: »I am almost 70 (39 by now), got into the intensive care business on detours and never made it out of a northern German small town. Along the way, I do read everything I get my hands on, love every kind of music and try to do sports regularly, but progressively part from the illusion to get a six-pack. I personally think that is a pity. Then again, I am not very disciplined. I am not very patient either, can't stand smartasses and basically am ungifted in technical matters. In return, I am a swell cook, a good white liar and fan of St. Pauli.«
Note from the agency: Katrin Grunwald was born in 1969 in Bremen and works as a specialty nurse for anesthesia and intensive care in a intensive care unit in Northern Germany.
Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore, studied at Antioch College and at Brown University and now teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She was awarded numerous prizes, for example in 1991 the Academy Institute Award for Fiction by the American Academy of the American Institute of Arts and Letters. Her short story A Night's Work was included in the List of Best American Short Stories. So far Gordon has published two novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays.
Constantin Göttfert was born in 1979 in Vienna. After his studies at the pedagogical college he majored in German literature and cultural science in Vienna. In 2006 Göttfert was awarded the international Wiener Werkstattpreis. He was a student at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig and in 2008 scholar at the Klagenfurter Literaturkurs. He was given the scholarship of the Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung in the Budmerice mansion in Slovakia as well as the scholarship of the Literaturforum Schwaz in a franciscan monastery in Tirol. 2011 he was a resident at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Göttfert lives in Vienna.