Day: May 19, 2017

14 June 2017

SAND Presents
Collective Love Story
at Love Story of Berlin

In cooperation with SAND, the new English bookstore Love Story of Berlin presented an evening on the universal theme of love in all its manifestations on Wednesday, 14 June at 8pm. Six Berlin-based English-language writers had written stories, novels, and essays depicting moments of love and heartbreak, casual dating, and coupledom, from the doldrums to cloud nine. In a collaborative workshop, the authors linked excerpts from their separate works into one collective love story, which they will present to you at our reading.

Jake Schneider, editor in chief of SAND, hosted the evening. 


Time: 14 June, 8pm
Admission: free
Location: Love Story of Berlin, Kastanienallee 88, 10435 Berlin, Germany
Transportation: M1/Tram 12 Schwedter Straße, U2 Eberswalder Straße


Maree J. Hamilton is a staff writer for Her work has also appeared in The Rumpus, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Kaltblut, and The Emerson Review. She hosts monthly storytelling events in Berlin, and writes a mean limerick, as well as some nice ones.

Kathleen Heil is a writer, translator, and dancer. She has published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Fence, and elsewhere, and performed in New York, San Francisco, Madrid, and other cities. Find her this July in Berlin teaching workshops on literary translation and composition in movement & text. More at

Scott Martingell has been working as a voiceover artist in Berlin since 2008. He wrote and performed in dance pieces in Copenhagen for eight years and, as MC Jabber, was lyricist and co-vocalist in the Danish trip-hop band Blue Foundation, whose tracks featured in Miami Vice and the Grammy-nominated, Billboard#1 album soundtrack for Twilight.

Kate McNaughton was born and raised in Paris by British parents, which left her culturally confused but usefully multilingual. She now lives in Berlin. Her debut novel HOW I LOSE YOU will be published by Doubleday (UK) and Les Escales (France) in 2018.

Ben Miller is a writer and researcher at work on new fiction and the transnational history of queer identity formation between Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany and postwar California. His fiction, essays, and criticism have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Slate, Jacobin, Pelican Bomb, Lambda Literary, and The Open Bar at Tin House.

Ryan Ruby is a writer and translator from Los Angeles, California. His fiction and criticism have appeared in Conjunctions, The Baffler, Dissent, n+1, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He has translated Roger Caillois and Grégoire Bouillier from the French for Readux Books. His debut novel The Zero and the One was published in March 2017 by Twelve Books.

19 May 2017

Berlin Writers and Rent
SAND Profiled in The Local Germany

The morning of the Issue 15 launch, The Local published an article profiling SAND after interviewing our editor in chief. The two-hour conversation with The Local Germany’s editor, Jörg Luyken, kept coming back to the pressing issue of Berlin’s housing crisis and its impact on the writing community here. The article begins:

Rising rents are tightening the screws on aspiring young writers, but the capital city still offers a uniquely cosmopolitan literary atmosphere, the editor of a Berlin literary magazine tells The Local.

Ever since Christopher Isherwood penned his classic collection “The Berlin Stories”, partly fictional tales of life in the dying years of the Weimar Republic, the German capital has had an allure for broke foreign writers trying to make a name for themselves.

Cheap rents and the fact that you are “sitting in the shadow of history” still act as a magnet for young writers almost a hundred years later, says Jake Schneider, editor-in-chief of SAND Journal, a biannual literary magazine based in Berlin.

“If you have a certain number of creative people in one place, the one-upmanship creates this creative ferment. That is definitely something that has existed here, and I hope it will continue to, despite rent increases. It is something that is exciting to share with people who aren’t in Berlin,” Schneider tells The Local.

But the difficulty for foreign writers to get their names on a letting contract, and the rapid increase in rents are putting a pressure on this community, he says.

Read the full article at The Local Germany.