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Esther Dischereit was born in 1952 in Germany and lives in Berlin. She studied in Frankfurt am Main and was trained as a teacher. She worked in the metal industry, later became a typesetter, and finally worked for the German trade unions.

For the fall semester 2010 Esther Dischereit is Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ohio.

Poet, novelist, essayist, stage and radio dramatist, her works include Joëmi‘s Table, Merryn (prose), The Morning the Paperboy (collection of shortstories), When My Golem Opened the Door, Hoarfrosted Mouth and Other News, There’s a Slice of Bread in the Toaster (poems), Lessons in Being Jewish, With Eichmann at the Stock Exchange (Essays). Last production was the radio-play: Nothing to know but Coffee to go, premiered 2008.

Esther Dischereit was a fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European and Jewish Studies and has lectured widely in the United States, also in Canada. She has been a fellow at the Deutsches Haus New York in 2004, gave readings and lectures: lectures at New York University Berlin 2008; 5th Poetry World Festival Venezuela, 2008, participated in KISUFIM, first international conference of Jewish writers, Jerusalem, 2007, guest of honor, Wig Conference, USA, 2006; luncheon speaker GSA Conference, Pittsburgh, USA, 2006; reading at Princeton University, USA, 2006; Washington-University, St. Louis, 2006 - USA-Tour, organized by the German foreign ministry, Washington, 2006, guest at the Festival de Poesia, Medellin, Columbia in 2002; at the University of Illinois, Chicago; Madison, Tufts/ MIT, Brandeis, Boston; Cornell University, Ithaca; University of California, Berkeley

In 2009 Esther Dischereit received the Erich-Fried-Prize.

Her poems were also published in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, in the magazine Odra, Poland; El Jabali, Argentina and Prometeo, Columbia., in 2006, at Princeton University, MIT Boston, and in Canada. She has won stipends from the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art, the Preussische Seehandlung Foundation in Berlin, the Berlin Senate and the Ernst-Strassmann-Foundation. A symposium about Esther Dischereit’s work was held at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2003. In the 1990s she founded the wordMusic Group (together with Raymond Kaczynski, percussion, and others).