anna steegmann

Welcome to my writer's life

I’ve always aspired to be a writer. As a child from a humble background, the first in the family to attend university, I did not dare to pursue a writer's life.

The elitist European approach to art made me question my talent. After studying social work in Berlin, I left for New York. Instantly smitten with the city, I decided to stay.

For 18 years, I worked as a school counselor in some of the toughest neighborhoods of Brooklyn, while my dream of becoming a writer lay dormant. I had to master the English language first. Studying Creative Writing in New York, living in a foreign country and writing in a foreign language, I found my voice as a writer.

Since then, I have translated books and literary essays, published essays, reviews, short stories, poetry and feature articles in both languages. I collaborated on the film script of New York Memories, shown at the Berlinale in 2010, and written the script for the radio feature A Letter From Harlem