Stefan Bongers is a PhD candidate in the German department. He got both his BA and MA in German and English from the University of Basel where he focused on literary studies in both subjects. He wrote his MA thesis on contemporary German autofictions. Before coming to Colorado, he worked as a student assistant at the University of Basel and at Literaturhaus Basel where he was part of a team that organized author readings and a yearly literary festival. In his spare time, he enjoys studying Russian and following the dramatic trajectory of the 1. FC Köln.