b. June 12, 1955, mother of two sons, lives in Hamburg, Germany.
Scholar of literature, writer of novels, short-stories, essays and experimental prose as well as cultural and literary criticism for print media and radio. Although she is most renowned for her (somewhat satirical) crime stories, now and then she will throw in a love-poem, too. She has also hosted numerous reading events with renowned international writers (German/English) and has accompanied them on their reading tours in German-speaking countries.
In her literary studies, she focussed on ‘forgotten’ and underestimated women writers of the past, such as the 19th century Jewish-Prussian writer and promoter of women´s rights, Fanny Lewald, or 20th century writers such as Hilde Domin, Marlen Haushofer, and Johanna Moosdorf. In 1988, she published her Ph. D. thesis on “Construction and Criticism of Masculinity in Contemporary German-language Literature by Women”. She taught German literature at several universities, including Queen Mary College, London, and is still teaching creative writing on a regular basis, both in schools as well as in workshops for young writers, psychotherapists, and others. Among the literary awards she received are the Oldenburg Jugendbuchpreis, the German Crime-Writing Award (Deutscher Krimipreis) and the Lessing Scholarship of the City of Hamburg as well as several writers-in-residence awards in Germany and Luxemburg.
Regula Venske has been a member of German PEN since 1998. She served as General Secretary of German PEN from 2013-2017 and President from 2017-2021. She has served two full terms as a Member of the Board of PEN International (2015-2018 and 2019-2022) and one year in-between (2018-2019).
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