Peter Wortsman


A writer in multiple modes, including fiction (A Modern Way To Die), drama (The Tattooed Man Tells All and Burning Words) and translation (most recently, Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleist), Peter Wortsman is the recipient of the Beard's Fund Short Story Award and The Geertje Potash-Suhr Prize of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, and was a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2010. Also a widely published travel writer, his texts have appeared in The Best Travel Writing 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. His forthcoming books include a travelogue/memoir, Ghost Dance in Berlin (Travelers' Tales, 2013); and Tales of the German Imagination, from The Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann, an anthology, (Penguin Classics, 2013).



Nostalgia for the Norm

From Greenwich Village about , , , , , ,
Published on: 05/10/2020

The Third Line

From Bronx &Brooklyn about , , ,
Published on: 02/23/2020

The Spirit Tree

From Jackson Heights about , ,
Published on: 04/28/2019

The Sultry Scent of Formaldehyde

From East Village &Queens about , , , ,
Published on: 03/10/2019

After the Storm

From All Over about , , , , ,
Published on: 12/28/2012

A Forgotten Game

From Jackson Heights about , , , , , ,
Published on: 03/27/2012

A Requiem for Secondhand Books

From Greenwich Village &West Village about , ,
Published on: 07/01/2011

Wurst Lust

From Jackson Heights &Uncategorized about , , , , , , , , ,
Published on: 04/11/2011

Have I Heard of You?

From Chelsea about , ,
Published on: 02/28/2011

Beat It!

From Queens about , ,
Published on: 01/30/2011

Where Is Singer?

From Murray Hill about
Published on: 12/13/2008

The I of the Tiger

From Midtown about ,
Published on: 02/23/2008


  • Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann - Peter Wortsman
  • Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray (Travelers' Tales) - Peter Wortsman