THORSTEN DÖNGES studied German language and literature and history in Bamberg. Since 2000, he has worked at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin where he coordinates the contemporary German-language literature program. He first discovered and fell in love with the Leukerbad International Literary Festival as a moderator in 2006.

ETRIT HASLER was born in 1977 in St. Gallen and is one of the pioneers of Swiss Slam Poetry. He is also a Spoken-Word artist and often serves as a moderator and event organizer. He is also active as a journalist and translator of English poetry and sits on the St. Gallen city and canton councils. He is a Board member of the AdS, the Swiss Authors Association.

JENNIFER KHAKSHOURI was an editor and literary critic with Radio SRF2 Kultur for 12 years. She now works as a freelance radio journalist, produces podcasts, and moderates panel discussions and readings.

CHRISTINE LÖTSCHER is a literary scholar and critic. She is currently a Fellow in the Cinepoetics research group at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 2014 to 2016 she was on the team of critics for Swiss television’s Literaturclub broadcast. She is a member of the 2018 German Book Prize jury. In 2014 her study of fantasy writing, DAS ZAUBERBUCH ALS DENKFIGUR, was published by Chronos Publishers.

RETO SORG teaches contemporary German literature at the University of Lausanne and directs the Robert Walser Zentrum in Berlin. His areas of specialty are Literary Modernity, Intermedia, Contemporary literature, and Swiss literature. His most recent publications include: MEDIEN DER AUTORSCHAFT. Formen literarischer (Selbst-)Inszenierung. 2013, OHNE ACHTSAMKEIT BEACHTE ICH ALLES. Robert Walser und die bildende Kunst. 2014, HISTORIOGRAFIE DER MODERNE. Carl Einstein, Paul Klee, Robert Walser und die wechselseitige Erhellung der Künste. 2016.


STEFAN ZWEIFEL is a freelance journalist and curator in Zürich and translator of de Sade, Rousseau, and Cendrars. He led the SRF literary broadcast “Literaturclub” in 2014. In collaboration with Juri Steiner he is organizing a large exhibition on 1968 for the Zurich Landesmuseum. His most recent publications are a translation of Marcel Proust’s DAS FLIMMERN DES HERZENS—COMBRAY (Die Andere Bibliothek) and, with co-author Michael Pfister, the book SHADES OF SADE (Matthes & Seitz 2015).


24th Leukerbad International Literary Festival
28 to 30 June 2019