I am a journalist, speaker, moderator and a fan of sour vegan candies. As a child, I sang well and played the violin with mediocre proficiency. As an adult, writing and speaking are now my livelihood. The themes around which my work revolves are feminism, anti-racism and media culture – gladly all three together.
I started writing about political topics as a way to grapple with my own experiences and to exchange with and encourage others. At first, I published my texts on my, now rather inactive, blog or read them aloud at poetry slams.
In 2013, I was named Thuringia’s state champion and Trier’s city champion for poetry slam among poets 20-years-old or younger. I was also awarded the junior Karl-Marx-Poesie-Preis. The following year, I founded together with Leonie Warnke the Sprachaktiv U20 poetry slam in Leipzig. It was the very first poetry slam for poets 20-years-old or younger in eastern Germany and was soon followed by a subsidiary in Dresden. Warnke and I worked as organizers, moderators and coaches.
As an undergraduate at the University of Leipzig, I studied communications and media. I concluded my bachelor’s degree with a thesis on the conveyance of self-image and sexism in women’s and girls’ magazines. As a graduate student, I attended a dual-degree program in global mass communication and journalism between the University of Leipzig and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. For my master’s thesis, I studied the consequences of misogynist, online harassment for female journalists, their psyche and work. During my time as a master’s student, I also received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
I began my work as a freelance journalist already during my undergraduate studies: first for a city magazine, then for a public service broadcaster and later for a variety of print magazines. As a speaker, I hold presentations and workshops and while my work as a moderator began with poetry slam, my current focus is on events and moderation in front of the camera.
When I am not working, I enjoy visits to the natural history museum, botanical garden, the movies and most certainly to restaurants. One of my biggest hobbies is eating and I like to spend my time “veganizing” meat dishes. For those who would like to learn more about me and my work, the best places to follow me are on Instagram and Twitter.