Agnes Flügel is a learned cultural scientist and by now a passionate beekeeper. For a life with and within nature she gave up her job as an editor in a PR agency and moved from Hamburg to the rural areas of Schleswig-Holstein, where, since 2007, she runs her honey manufacture called »Flügelchen«.
Thorsten Glotzmann works as a journalist, author and director in Berlin. He studied Philosophy, German and French Literature in Tübingen and Paris and attended the German School of Journalism in Munich. He currently works for the Berlin-based production company Weltrecorder and is showrunner of the podcast Carpe What (WDR). Previously, he was head writer for the TV-format Streetphilosophy (arte). As a freelance author and director, Thorsten Glotzmann has made numerous documentaries and worked for Deutsche Welle, ZDF aspekte and 3sat Kulturzeit. His articles have appeared in the taz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ and on Krautreporter, among others. In 2024 his narrative non-fiction book about anxiety will be published by Berlin Verlag.
After working for the German online newspaper Die Zeit for four years and being the editor-in-chief of Zeit's students' section Campus online, Anne-Kathrin Gerstlauer was named one of the top 30 journalists under 30 by Medium Magazin in 2017. In the same year she was awarded the Dumont journalism award, the LBS Wegweiser award, and the “Mitmischen” award of the German parliament. In 2018, she became vice editor-in-chief of the news website Watson.de. She quit the job the very same year and has been working as a freelance journalist, consultant and lecturer for online journalism and communication for millennials since. Gerstlauer lives in Berlin.
Florian Gantner was born in 1980 and studied comparative literature in Inssbruck, St. Ètienne and Vienna, where he now lives again after extended stays abroad. He has so far published four novels – Sternschnuppen der Menschheit (2012), Was man liest (2013), Trockenschwimmer (2015) and O.M. (2018) – as well as pieces in magazines (Lichtungen, Die Rampe among others). He received various awards like the Theodor-Körner-Prize (2014) as well as an artist residency at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (2015). For excerpts from his fifth novel Soviel man weiß he received the Rauriser advancment adward as wells as the literature prize Floriana (both 2018). Since 2019 Florian Gantner is director of the festival "Literatur findet Land".
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.