Mark von Schlegell (*1967 in New York/USA) lives and works in Cologne. He is teaching the writing class “Pure Fiction” in Städelschule. "Contemporary writer" Mark von Schlegell is a dual Irish and American citizen. He was born in New York and lives in Cologne. He is the author of the novels Venusia (2005) and Mercury Station (2009) published by M.I.T./Semiotext(e). Venusia was honor’s listed for the 2007 James Tiptree, Jr. Prize in science fiction. His experimental fiction and cultural criticism appear regularly in the international art world. Realometer (2009), a collection of literary essays on Poe, Melville and James Tiptree, Jr. is available from Merve Verlag, Berlin in German.