V i t a

born in Solingen, Germany. 1998 – 1999 in Calgary, Alberta. 2000 marriage, until 2003 in Victoria, BC. 2004 – 2013 in Leverkusen, Germany. Since 2014 in Lethbridge, Alberta. 3 children. Permanent Resident in Canada.
„His style is a stroke of luck“ – Jury of Hans-im-Glück-Award. (Photo by Harald Krichel, free to use)

D o c e n t / I n s t r u c t o r

2014/15 – first docent in Germany for Young Adult Fiction at a University of Education, Karlsruhe
2012 – year long YA novel writing project for cultural department of the Bayer AG
2008 – „Scriptwriting Germany vs. USA“ lecture in english at the Academy for International Education, Düsseldorf
2004-2007 instructor at several highschools for film, radio & creative writing, also workshops at Young Adult Faires in Cologne and throughout the province of Northrhine-Westfalia

A w a r d s / G r a n t s / R e s i d e n c i e s

– Alberta Foundation for the Arts film grant for director JP Marchant and my script “Lockdown” 2016
– Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant for Literature Tour in Switzerland 2016
– “Der Drohnenpilot” novel on recommendation list of the german bookseller association, 2015
– 3 months Writer’s Residency in Germany Hausach LeseLenz for YA fiction, 2014
– two Literary Arts Council Grants of the province of Northrhine-Westfalia, 2010 & 2014
– speaker at Leipzig Bookfair 2013 and other venues regarding literature
– three Radioplay-Grants by the Film & Media Stiftung NRW, 2009, 2011 & 2013
– novel won the Literary Hans-im-Glück-Award 2012
– 1 month Writer’s Residency in Denmark H.A.L.D. Hovegaard for literature, 2012
– Shortlist for Wurfsendung-Award DLR public radio, 2010
– Short-Story-Award of the City of Leverkusen for „U-Haul“, 2008
– Art Council Grant of the City of Leverkusen for the stage play „Paris Calgary“, 2008
– nominated novel Best German Young Adult Fiction Debut 2008

M i s c e l l a n e o u s

2014 poem in anthology „A City Map in Verse and Visual“ by Dymphny Dronyk & Kris Demeanor, Calgary, together with Mayor Naheed Nenshi and many wonderful artists
2011 -Juror for Northrhine-Westfalia project “Culture & School”
2009 -Juror for the Reading Competition of the German Bookseller Association
2008 -freelance consultant for original English Young Adult Fiction novels for Frankfurt Fischer Verlag / Random House
2007 Poems shown at Heinrich Heine Institute, Düsseldorf, Exhibition “Popliteratur 1965-2007″
2003 Juror at the Victoria International Filmfestival, BC., Canada
2002 Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno uses material I sent them
2001-2003 Technical Assistant at The Greater Victoria Art Gallery and Filmmaker
1998/99 Co-Editor, Lyric, “Filling Station Magazine”, Canada
Reading at Pages Bookstore, Calgary invited by Peter Oliva (Writer in Residence)
1994-97 Culture Journalist (film, music, theatre) for monthly magazine and radio, Editor in Chief Radio Northrhine-Westfalia
1993 Founding member of the German Social Beat literature movement

M e m b e r   o f
LIFS - Lethbridge Independent Film Society (Treasurer)
CASC - Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Mosaic
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge