Born in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany, in the previous millennium, Christian-Albrecht Gollub moved from Germany to Chicago, Illinois, with his parents at an early age.
He was educated at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois); the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Technische Universität Berlin; Leopold-Franzens-Universität (Innsbruck); the Université de Strasbourg (France); the Sorbonne (Paris); and Kasteel Nijenrode (Breukelen,The Netherlands).
He has taught German, Dutch, and English at the University of Illinois; German Language, Literature, and Film History at Columbia University; and German Studies and Film History at Syracuse University.
From 1981 to 1982 he was Director of Deutsches Haus, the German cultural center at Columbia University, where he was in charge of public programming, mounted exhibitions, and organized the international symposium "Goethe: New Perspectives."
From 1986 to 1991 he taught American Studies and Creative Writing at the Universität Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany, and directed several plays for the Regensburg University Players. Among his favorites were Edward Albee's The American Dream, Arthur Miller's Creation of the World and Other Business, and Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon.
From 1993 to 1995 he taught in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia), including "The Reading and Writing of Poetry" and Independent Studies. At Hollins he also conceived, proposed, developed, and taught four additional courses: "Flash Fiction" "Folk, Fairy, Weird, and Tall: Reading and Writing the Tale" "Reading and Writing Prose Poetry" "Three Women/Three Voices: Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, and Joy Harjo." In addition, he supervised five MA theses.
From 1995 to 1998 Mr. Gollub was the Director of Programs and Publications at Redwood Library and Athenæum in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was responsible for all aspects of public programming, including tours, events, and publications. At Redwood Mr. Gollub edited the library's newsletter, was the curator for a number of exhibitions, and founded the Third Thursday Writers group. In addition, he was featured on CSPAN's "About Books" with interviewer Brian Lamb in a half hour television interview about the history and holdings of Redwood Library. This interview may be viewed at www.c-span.org/video/?88841-1/redwood-library During his tenure in Rhode Island, Mr. Gollub served as vice-chairman of the Newport Cultural Commission and participated in "A Commemorative Reading of the Poetry of Langston Hughes," organized by the Langston Hughes Center for the Arts and Education and presented at RISD Museum of Art on February 23, 1997. For his presentation he read some of his favorite poems by Langston Hughes.
Mr. Gollub has curated a number of film series, most notably at Columbia University, the Syracuse University Film Forum, and the Goethe House New York, and has given numerous presentations about American and German cinema in a variety of venues.
Mr. Gollub's own publications include articles on German cinema, modern Austrian poetry, and recent American literature; interviews with James Baker, Doris Dörrie, Christopher Isherwood, Arthur Miller, and Kim Schoel; translations from French and German as well as numerous reviews and essays. He contributed three chapters to the book New German Filmmakers: From Oberhausen Through the 1970s (Frederick Ungar,1984): "Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta: Transcending the Genres;" "May Spils and Werner Enke: Beyond Pure Entertainment?" and "Hark Bohm: Films Addressing Questions."
Mr. Gollub's poetry and fiction have appeared in a number of Little Magazines in Europe and the United States and have been featured on two German radio programs (Radio Bremen and the Norddeutsche Rundfunk). He has given many readings from his work in Europe and in the United States, and he was a Guest Writer at the Arnsberg Autorenkolloquium and an invited author at AATG meetings in New York City and Berlin.
In 1989 Jungle Noises, his first book, a collection of short stories, was published in Regensburg. Christmas Eve & Adam: A Postmodern Parable followed in 1990. Nüchterner Provokateur, a volume of poetry, appeared in 1991.
From 1988 to 1991 Mr. Gollub was the editor of litspeak: a magazine of fiction, poetry, and the visual arts, and from 1989 to 1991 he was the book, theater, and art editor for the city monthly logo: Stadtmagazin Regensburg. In addition, he has designed, edited, and contributed to a number of publications, including The Old Stone Mill (Redwood Library, 1998), Four (Zygote Press, 2003), Preliminary Inventories: Process in Practice (Zygote Press, 2003), and Amy Casey (Dead Horse Gallery, 2004). He is the associate editor of Straight Through the Heart: Doris Dörrie, German Filmmaker and Author (Scarecrow Press, 2004). A complete list of Mr. Gollub's publications may be found here.
In the late 1990s/early 2000s, Mr. Gollub was a member of an artists co-op in Cleveland, Ohio. He edited their newsletter and exhibited his (chine-collé and giclée) prints in their gallery. In 2004 he moved to the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 and again from April 2011 to May 2015 Mr. Gollub was a member of an artist co-op in Seattle, Washington. There he exhibited his jewelry and 2D/3D collages on a regular basis, both in group exhibits and as a featured artist. (His work has also been exhibited at other venues, including the Mercer Island Gallery, The Lakeshore, and the NW Artists Gallery at the Seattle Center Armory.) Combining his writing and art, Mr. Gollub is currently working on a lengthy article about his experiences as a member of two artists co-ops.
Mr. Gollub's interests and hobbies include collecting vintage tiles, theater, language and literature, and contemporary art and music. Active both in the United States and in Europe, he divides his time between art and writing. He writes and publishes in English and in German and works in a variety of forms and mediums, primarily jewelry design, 2D and 3D collage, assemblage, computer-manipulated imagery, and bronze.
Favorite creative forces include Amathin, George Antheil, Ernst Augustin, James Baker, Lee Bontecou, Carla Bosch, Alberto Burri, Squeak Carnwath, Lucille Clifton, Joseph Cornell, Russell Edson, Thomas Feyrer, Karen Finley, Karen Ganz, Dolan Geiman, Judith Gilbert, Richard Hamilton, William Herberholz, Ales “Bask” Hostomsky, Kurt Jooss, Lita Kenyon, Deborah Faye Lawrence, Liz Maugans, Cilla McQueen,Vonka Molinescu, Conlon Nancarrow, William Newhouse, Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds, Man Ray, Herbert Rosendorfer, Kim Schoel, Jan Schomburg, Steve Shorrock, Dorian Silver, Kate Ward Terry, Mindy Tousley, Paul Valkenier, the Reverend Albert Wagner, and William Walton. (If you haven't had a chance to get to know these folks and their work, you really should take a moment.)
After living in Europe off and on for about one third of his life, Mr. Gollub is once again in the United States.
carbon footprint mixed media encaustic 3d collage 13" x 10.25"