poco.lit. is a platform for postcolonial literatures in the broadest sense. We aim to build a community of people who share a love of literature, and are invested in its ethico-political power and significance; and a space that fosters creativity, critical engagement and intercultural conversations. (If you are wondering what ‘postcolonial’ means, click here.)
We share reviews of books new and old, and publish interviews with writers and activists, as well as essays and pieces of creative writing. We invite you not only to read through these, but also to actively participate by sending in reviews and writings of your own.
poco.lit. is published by Anna von Rath and Lucy Gasser:
Anna von Rath:
“I live in Berlin and work as a freelance translator and editor, and in the field of social justice, diversity and inclusion. From a small industrial city in West Germany, my way to Berlin took me around the world and made me familiar with a diverse range of stories. During my studies and my doctorate, I focused on postcolonial literature. With poco.lit. I would like to create more visibility for lesser known literary voices and encourage an exchange about different perspectives on the world.“
“I’m an avid reader, and a scholar of literary and postcolonial studies. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and have made Berlin my home since 2014. I teach English literary studies at the University of Potsdam, where I also completed my PhD in 2019. My involvement in poco.lit. is born of a love for language and storytelling, and I am invested in creating spaces for reading and talking about literatures of the global South.“
Illustrations by Joanna Louise Mackenthun.
“I am mainly based in Berlin and work with English and German texts in various capacities. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD and work as a freelance journalist. Due to my academic background in Cultural Studies and American Studies, I am particularly interested in books with a critical focus on the cultural history of the United States as well as on the contemporary moment. Poco.lit. offers a space that allows for such critical discourse.”
In addition to our work as editors of poco.lit., we offer a number of services in related fields, predominantly but not exclusively concerned with postcolonial topics.