Florian Kessler - Florian Kessler

Florian Kessler 2015 in the Lyrik Kabinett as a guest of the lyrical quartet, next to him Kristina Maidt-Zinke

Florian Kessler (born 1981 in Heidelberg ) is a German cultural journalist and editor .


Florian Kessler attended school in Heidelberg and after completing community service he studied creative writing and cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim . He wrote his diploma thesis with Hanns-Josef Ortheil and Stephan Porombka . Kessler received his doctorate in 2011 in Hildesheim with a dissertation on workshop discussions . As a freelance journalist, he writes for Tagesspiegel , Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit . Early 2015 he took up a position as a lecturer in German-language literature in Hanser Verlag in [1] .

At the beginning of 2014, he criticized the social composition of the students in the literary writing courses and derived theses from this on the artistic adaptability of contemporary German-language literature. [2] The article, which is also in the anthology “Something with writing. Diplomautoren im Beruf “ [3] , triggered a literature debate with numerous requests to speak in various feature sections and weblogs [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Kessler was co-editor of the literary magazine Bella triste and was one of the directors of the Prosanova 2005 literature festival .

In 2013 he received the Nicolas Born Prize .

Since 2017, he has been a permanent member of the Lyrical Quartet in the Lyrik Kabinett Munich, together with the critics Kristina Maidt-Zinke and Hubert Spiegel [11] .


  • Courage Citizens: The Art of New Demonstration. Hanser, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-446-24153-4 .
  • Workshop talks. Functions and potentials of a form of literary practice. Blumenkamp, ​​Salzhemmendorf 2012.
  • Inoperative. Essay on contemporary German-language literature and the literary business. Bella triste magazine No. 39, 2014.


  • Franco Moretti : curves, maps, family trees. Abstract models for the history of literature. Suhrkamp, ​​2009.


Individual evidence

  1. Change in editing Kordić and Kessler go to Hanser: http://www.boersenblatt.net/860243/
  2. Florian Kessler: Let me through, I'm a doctor's son! , Die Zeit , January 17, 2014
  3. Jan Fischer (Ed.): Something with writing. Graduated authors in the profession . mikrotext Verlag, 2014.
  4. Enno Stahl : Whoever writes stays. Show me what class you're from and I'll tell you how successful you can be as a writer. the daily newspaper , January 23, 2014.
  5. Olga Grjasnowa : Germany, your poets , Literary World , February 8, 2014
  6. Carolin Amlinger: It's the logic of the market! The debate about adapted middle-class writers says more about the literary business than we'd like to believe. Friday , February 12, 2014.
  7. Maxim Biller : Last exit Uckermarck. Why is contemporary German literature so incredibly boring? Because the grandchildren of the Nazi generation still determine what is read. Die Zeit , February 20, 2014
  8. Interview with Burkhard Spinnen : We are about to abolish the book. Writer Burkhard Spinnen on the debate about contemporary German literature . Deutschlandradio Kultur , February 25, 2014.
  9. Jan Wiele: Then a Kronauer! Contemporary literature is constantly being accused of being too adapted. It is said that they have to live again from real, wild stories from their authors. But literature doesn't have to be anything! Least of all being authentic. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , February 26, 2014.
  10. Dirk Knipphals : Unfucked Confessions. Thin-skinned and in line with the market: In Hildesheim you can see the latest in self-assurance in the literature business . the daily newspaper , June 9, 2014.
  11. ^ The Lyrical Quartet - Stiftung Lyrik Kabinett. Retrieved August 18, 2017 .