Ulrich Schreiber


In the 1980s and ’90s, he worked as a culture manager and construction-managing architect in Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Berlin. In 1989, he founded the Internationale Peter Weiss-Gesellschaft (International Peter Weiss Society) and chaired it until 1998. In 2001, he founded the internationale literaturfestival berlin.

The ilf is sponsored by the Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e.V and the Berliner Festspiele under the aegis of the German UNESCO Commission.

Schreiber is also a co-initiator of the PEN World Voices Festival, The New York Festival of International Literature, a literature festival in Mumbai 2007, and readings all over the world since 2006. Ulrich Schreiber is a member of Germany’s PEN Center. In 2015, the French Culture Ministry made him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettre for his “contribution to transmitting the arts and literature in France and the world”.





Hans Ruprecht


Responsible for music and literature festivals and occasions and as a mediator among various European literatures.

From 1979 to 2007, he co-organized the TAKTLOS Festival Bern for Jazz, New Music, and Music Performances; since 2005, he has headed the International Literature Festival in Leukerbad; since 2006, he has organized the Bern Literature Festival. In 2011, he began a new European project, ABSOLUT ZENTRAL, which brings together journalists, writers, essayists, philosophers, and historians, many of them from Eastern Europe, for discussions, lectures, readings, and talks about ideas on cultural values and the development of culture.




Anastasia Antonova


Anastasia Antonova was born in 1995 in Kiev, where she lives. She studied documentation science in Kiev, and will be attending the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University this fall. She is an editor at »Mamino Books«, and since 2010 has edited fiction books for children and young adults translated from English, German and Korean. In 2015 she was a coordinator for the first international literature festival Odessa.


Svetlana Dyndykina


Svetlana Dyndykina was born in 1980. She studied sociology at Moscow State University, and worked for the Russian publishers »Inostranka« and »Pink Giraffe« from 2005 to 2016. She organized reading tours for international authors in Russia and Ukraine, developed reading programs for children and adolescents in post-Soviet countries, and produced special publishing projects and educational programs for children. In 2016, she joined the team of the international literature festival Odessa as program manager. She has lived in Berlin since 2014.


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Vera Gruzova


Vera Gruzova was born in Odessa in 1988. She became a youth activist when she was 14, and has a law degree. She is a media-coordinator for the Mute Nights Film Festival, camp-coordinator for the International Film Festival, co-organizer of the Odessa//Batumi Photo Days, and Odessa Photo Institute »movement« and «Одесская Сушка» projects. She has been the media coordinator for the international literature festival Odessa since 2015.



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Anna Hromova


Anna Hromova was born in 1995 in Kiev. She studied at the Kiev National University of Theater, Cinema and Television, and subsequently organized business and cultural events, workshops and trainings. Anna co-organized the educational course »Audio & Video Production« at the Kiev Advertising School. She graduated from the Ukrainian Social Academy in 2014. She was a volunteer for the international literature festival berlin in 2015, and has worked as a coordinator for the international literature festival Odessa since 2015. She lives in Kiev.



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Kateryna Iergieieva


Kateryna Iergieieva was born in 1987 in Odessa. She has a degree in philosophy from Odessa National University, and subsequently worked as a researcher at the Alexander Pushkin Museum. Since 2012, she has co-organized numerous exhibitions for the Odessa Literary Museum. She co-organized the Mute Nights Film Festival in 2014, and the international literary festival Odessa in 2015. She also works as a guide and interpreter, and has translated scientific articles from French into Russian. She lives in Odessa.



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Evgenia Jurist


Evgenia Jurist was born in 1992 in Odessa. She studied English and German philology and literature, and was an exchange student at the University Koblenz-Landau in Germany in 2012. She graduated from Mechnikov National University in Odessa in 2014, and wrote a thesis on »The Fictionalization of History in Postmodern Literature«. She is a local coordinator of the international literature festival odessa. Evgenia lives and works in Odessa.



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Elena Karakina


Elena Karakina was born in 1957 in Odessa. She has a degree in philology. She is actively involved in and has written numerous books on the cultural life, current events and history of Odessa and its Jewish community, as well as articles for the Jewish newspapers »Shomrai Shabbos« and »Ohr Somayach«. She was awarded the title Honored Worker of Ukrainian culture. Elena Karakina worked as a moderator for the first international literature festival Odessa. She lives in Odessa.



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Taras Yemchura


Taras Yemchura was born in 1992. He completed his studies at the National University of Building and Architecture in Kiev. He is an NGO activist. He took part in the student protest movement, and was one of the co-organizers and coordinators of the Euromaidan movement. In 2014, Taras participated in the international literature festival berlin, during which he coordinated a group of volunteers and took part in political discussions dedicated to the Ukrainian crisis. He has worked as a coordinator for the international literature festival Odessa since 2015. He lives in Kiev.