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Karla Hirsch


First Language(s): German
Second Language(s): English, French, Romanian, Spanish


Karla Hirsch is a freelance editor and writer of poetry and literary fiction from Munich, Germany. She’s currently traveling through Latin America and working on a novella.


What was your favorite book as a child?

Anything by Enid Blyton.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I’ve always been an avid diary-keeper, and this eventually morphed into stories. When I was sixteen, I moved to the UK for a year, where I started writing my first poetry, then short stories in English.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

I’ve just quit my job and embarked on a trip around the world, so right now this. Generally, I think you should always go for things that scare you the most.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

Not if I don’t have to. Sometimes I write in cafés and, while I enjoy the bustle and music around me, it’s distracting in terms of concentration, so I tend to edit there, rather than write. My ideal setting is social but quiet. I did, however, once write a story about a character who was a Radiohead fan, so I ended up listening to their music while writing. I dare say it didn’t do much for the story, but it was nice to get to know their music better this way.


Short Story
I have no beginning, no middle, no end
Issue Fall '21

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz