Peter Wortsman

Peter Wortsman

Peter Wortsman is the author, most recently, of Epiphany of a Middle-Aged Pilgrim, essays in lieu of a memoir (Pelekinesis, 2021) and a bilingual, German-English book of stories, Stimme und Atem/Out of Breath, Out of Mind, (Palm Art Press, Berlin, 2019). His publications include collections of short fiction, A Modern Way to Die (Fromm Publ. Int’l, 1991, second edition, Pelekinesis, 2019) and Footprints in Wet Cement, (Pelekinesis) 2017); a novel, Cold Earth Wanderers (Pelekinesis, 2014)—finalist for 2014 INDIEFAB Science fiction Book of the Year; an Independent Publishers Book Award-winning travel memoir, Ghost Dance in Berlin (Travelers Tales, 2013, German translation Palm Art Press, 2021); and two plays, Burning Words, staged by the Hampshire Shakespeare Company in 2006, and in German translation, at the Kulturhaus Osterfeld, in Pforzheim, in 2014, and The Tattooed Man Tells All, premiered by the Silverthorne Theatre in Greenfield, Mass. in 2018, and in German translation, at the Deutsches Theater in Göttingen in 2021. Also a critically-acclaimed literary translator from German of works by the Brothers Grimm, Heinrich Heine, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Franz Kafka, Heinrich von Kleist, Robert Musil, et al, Wortsman was a 1973 Fulbright Fellow, a 1974 Fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and a 2010 Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

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