I grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany, and now live in New York City with my wife Marcy Dermansky and daughter Nina. I have a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from USM's Center for Writers.
In 1995, I started Der Brennende Busch, one of the first German-language literary magazines on the web, and I've been an associate editor for Mississippi Review Online since its launch.
The idea for Fictionaut seemed so obvious to me that I couldn't figure out why it didn't exist yet. With the recent explosion in social media, it was unavoidable that fiction would join videos, photos, music, and art in a community context. I'm excited about the prospect that together, we can build a new kind of literary space where the roles of reader, writer, and editor are distributed equally among dedicated users.
I wrote about some of the ideas behind the site here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jurgen-fauth/why-anyone-can-publish-on_b_306798.html
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Thank you so much for the invites. I'm really looking forward to introducing my fellow writers to this site and its wonderful writing community.
I think you are my grandfather of sorts! Thank you for inviting Ben Matvey who invited me! It is pushing me to write more...if only just a little bit.
I am unable to send invitations. I also tried posting on Carson's page and that didn't work, either.
I also am unable to join a group I was invited to
hey i tried to invite someone and got the 404 message
Jürgen, Thank you for your immediate attention to this minor problem, O Mighty Master of the
'Naut. This is why you remain at the helm.
Thanks much Jürgen.
Jurgen. Thank you for inviting me to join. I do appreciate it.
Thank you for the invite!
Besten Dank! I'm thrilled to be here.
Thank you for the invite Jurgen!
Thanks for the invitation Jurgen. I am already a writer here though thanks to Marcus Speh. Hope all is well!
Thank you so much for the invitation!
Thanks for the invitation. I'm enjoying a tour round the site!
Thanks for the invitation, Jurgen! I'm happy to be here.
Thanks for Fictionaut--and my inclusion therein!
Thanks for the invite and the welcome, Jurgen.
Jurgen, thank you for the invite! I'll put it to good use.
Thanks for the invite, Jürgen. I've been a long-time eavesdropper and am glad to join the conversation.
Jurgen . . . thank you for the invite. Glad to find this community as I was looking for somewhere to air draft and thoughts and snippets of things. -Ben @mialaylawalayla
Hi, Jurgen - thanks for the invite. This looks great!
Hi Jürgen, I read on your website that fictionaut.de is coming up soon. I'm thrilled about it - and also curious because I think it will be a different kind of challenge than fictionaut.com... Will be checking your site for updates! Have fun back in Germany. (We're probably moving back, too, next year - and Wiesbaden it is!)
Thanks for the invitation, Jurgen. I'm thrilled to be here.
Hi Jurgen... Thx again for the invite! Would it be possible for me to invite a friend, Selina Eckersall? She's a longtime writer who lives in Canada, and would be a great addition to the site. Is it possible for you to give me an invite for her? If so, thanks. ! :) Hope life is going well for you. :)
Just wanted to say, thank you for the invite, Jürgen. :)
Thank you for the invite. I look forward to participating in the community.
Thank You Jurgen for the invitation! Hope to have something fun posted very soon.
Guten Tag! Many thanks.
Thanks for the invite, Jürgen! Will be posting my first shortly.
Thanks for the invitation, Jurgen, glad to be here.
Thanks so much for the invite!
Thank you for the invite to fictionaut I'm really excited about this and appreciate it. can't wait to explore and find my way around.
I like to test.
Thanks so much for twittering my story, "10,000 Dollar Pyramid" to your world there. As I am only on Facebook, I truly appreciate this! And kudos, for Fictionaut. I can't thank you enough.
Thanks for the invite - how does it work to get to invite others in the future?
Thanks for the invite, Jürgen.
Thanks so much for inviting me.
Test test test!
Great to meet you, Jurgen!
in a gadda da vida baby
thank you again, for your sound advice. Glad I listened to you.
Danke for the invite Jürgen! And congrats on your powerfully Teutonic name, I love it!
Hello and thank you for inviting me to join the community. Now that I am done with my MS, I will have more time to be active.
Danke! I really appreciate the idea behind this forum,and am glad I could become a part of it.
Hi, Jurgen. Just wanted to say thanks for the invite. :)
Thanks for the invite!
Thank you for the invitation. Pleased to be here. Cheers!
Vielen, vielen Dank! Es ist schoen hier zu sein. I really appreciate the invitation and look forward to being involved with the community here.
Thank you for the invite. I love the site already.
Many thanks for the invite!
Hi Jurgen. Hope you're well. Where do I go to post a notice when a story of mine gets published? I see other writers' info on Twitter. Thanks! And thanks again for inviting me to Fictionaut. I've made some really supportive friends since I've joined.
saluts & many greets, j
hope to read/post/write/regurgitate/analyse the testtubes soon
Thanks for the invite, Jurgen. :)
Thanks for the invite Jurgen. I'm thrilled to be here.
Thank you for the invite, Jurgen. I will post soon, but have provided a link to my writing
Hi Jurgen, Thanks for starting Fictionaut. I have had lots of highs reading stories written by so many talented writers. A wonderful sense of community also exists here in cyber land. I am excited for your book to be available. My stories are all over the web, some in print.
Jurgen---thanks for all the help--and for inviting me in. I already love Fictionaut! How do I go about posting a story?
Greetings Jürgen - thank you so much for the invite to this wonderful community! I'm really looking forward to interacting with such wonderfully talented people.
Hey, thanks so much for inviting me to join. LA Slugocki
Just a (belated) note to say thanks, Jurgen- Both for fictionaut, and inviting me aboard. All best!
So you are the man behind it all. Well done on coming up with such a great concept. I'm having an amazing time. Been reading lots of Dean West's stuff amongst other stories. Off now to read one of yours.
Thank you for the invite. Very excited to be able to contribute. And a bit nervous...
Jürgen, thanks for inviting me to join fictionaut.com.
Fictionaut is much more fun (for me) than Anderbo.com -- thanks for the invite, and let's do coffee sometime.
Jurgen, Thanks for the invite. At my usual tortoise speed, I will become a good visitor.
I should have thanked you for the invite the momment i received the messege. Anyway, i just want to tell you i am really satisfied with the site.It's a wide open window for me. it's a pleasure to read you and other writers.
Thanks for the invite
Thanks for the invite! Love the site!
thanks for the invite mate!
Thanks for the invite to such an awesome community. It is proof that talent is not always on the shelf of a store, (but it is something that we aspire to). A great place to write and read, contribute and comment.
Here's to a flourishing community.
Thanks for the invite!
Jürgen, thank you for the invite!
I'm finally coming around to thank you for inviting me to fictionaut. A "social" site I actually use! Thank you, much. How is it I got the invite from you?
Thanks, I got in. Any way I can have my SOP to join Fictionaut back? I scribbled something in haste, felt impressive, but not quite enough not to forget! Hope to read some good stories.
Hey, thank you for the invite!
Thanks for joing the Cervena barva Press Group. Your German magazine sounds great! Do you publish in German only or do you have English translations?
Jurgen, thanks for nominating me. I'll be a good boy and not post any smut, although that leaves me a little short of stuff to post.
Thank you for the invite. Have just gotten started setting up my profile and hope to start posting soon.
Hi Jurgen, I tried to publish my story here but the site keeps cutting off the last page... am I doing something wrong? I tried saving it in rich text format and then copying and pasting. I'm embarrassed... it doesn't make sense without the last page. It's been up there for a while. Thanks, Linda Boroff
Greetings, Jürgen. Thanks for the invite! Am really enjoying my Fictionaut experience so far, & have already discovered some great writing. Best wishes for 2010!
Thanks for the invite onto the site, Jurgen.
Thanks so much for the invite. I can't wait to get started.
Thank you for accepting my request to join the Fictionaut community. I look forward to reading, contributing, and connecting!
So wonderful to see your name in the Prick of the Spindle group! I love Fictionaut. It's my favorite, besides my own, ha!
Thank you for the invitation! I will post my first story when all this christmassy business is over.
Also pretty cool to see that I am not the only continental European here. On the contrary: A German runs the place!
Thank you for the invite. I hope to be a good member of this community.
Thanks so much for starting Fictionaut. It is a beautiful thing. Cheers!
Jurgen, thanks for the invitation. I will be posting a story soon.
Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity! I will be posting shortly!
Hey Jurgen - many thanks for having me aboard!
I am so enamored of this site I immediately wanted to post another story, but it tells me I can't because I'm still on the 'front page' of the site. I'm not on the front page of 'recently published' (or 'recommended' and 'most read,' alas), so why won't it let me post? Thanks!
Thank you for the invite. When I first stumbled upon this website, I wondered how come I hadn't encountered it before. I've already read some stories and this place seems ripe with activity and general awesomeness!
Hi, Jurgen! I just wanted to say thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the site. Thanks!
thanks for the help with the center for writers group.
Jürgen, many thanks for the invitation. It's an honour to be here and I hope this works. i love the design and functionality. Well done.
Thanks for letting me come aboard. I've been poking around this site a little and it looks pretty impressive and usable. Hope to talk more with you soon.
Thanks for the invite Jurgen. Much appreciated. Love the site.
I would to first thank you for inviting me onto Fictionaut. One question I would like to ask is in regards to Fonts. What type of font does Fictionaut use and is it possible for me to use fonts like Courier New?
Thanks for the invite. I'm not quite sure how to go about this, because all my fiction is published online at my website. Should I post an excerpt here?
Love the site, thanks for the opportunity.
Thank you for the invite, Jurgen. This has been really great for me.
Hey, Jurgen. Thanks for the invite the other day which I gladly accepted. Will be watching developments.
Thanks for the invite. What a wonderful site. I look forward to reading...
Hi Jurgen, thanks for the invite. I can't wait to have a look around and check out some of the work posted here.
Thank you! I really liked "Dizzy".
thanks for the invite.
Great to be involved with you again on this other literary experiment - looking forward to future posts.
I'm in love with this idea!
Hi Jurgen! I met you and Marcy in NYC with my friend Jami Attenberg awhile back - so happy about this project and can't wait to start reading lots of wonderful new things!
Thank you very much for working so hard to give us fictionaut. I for one have benefited muchly.
I suppose I always knew I would receive the announcement of fictionaut opening to all comers. I received it today with mixed emotions. I fear it may populate the site with people less than serious.
It has always been difficult for any of us who enjoy writing to get useful, meaningful comment from others, even those writing at a committed level. I've received same at fictionaut and valued the assistance.
I hope we don't now all lose each other in a blizzard of twitter.
To preempt that possibility, at least in my case I wanted to extend my appreciation to you before the visibility reaches zero.
Thanks for your invitation. It's been good and I am sure many others share my sentiments.
cheers from Nottingham England..maybe this site will actually make me do something apart from facebooking and tweeting:-)
Hi, Jürgen. Just got reconnected to the Internet in our apartment in Madrid today, haven't had a chance to explore this site much, but will soon. Looks good. What does it mean, email says my one contact (you) "faved" a story? What story? Whose? I'll get back and read some of your stuff, probably when we get back to Carboneras end of the week. Ciao.
Jurgen, u umlaut, so glad to find a dynamic fiction website at last. I enjoy your pieces here. I have a short non-fiction piece called Gerade Rechts zum Volkszimmer -- Take a sharp right at the VFW is what I mean by it. Your misching of languages is a delight. When we post a story at fictionaut, do/would editors consider it "published"?
I like the way you think, sir.
Thanks for the excellent site and the excellent fun. I should hang out here more often. Do you have a teapot?
Hi Jurgen. First, thank you for this incredible site and community. I have a quick question, and didn't know where else to ask it. Why does the word count on published stories read so much higher than the story actually is? Is there a way to edit this? Thanks.
I am so happy I found this site and that you deigned to allow me membership. Whattabunchofpeople! I've been a member for thirty two seconds and have already learned eighty six things! I hope I can put something on the table as well. We'll see.
Hello, Jurgen~ I just wanted to say thank you again--this is a really wonderful corner of the web. It's so inspiring to be among all these writers with such great literary energy. :) Savannah
Thanks for creating this collective... and for visiting my blog.
It says I have two new messages, but I'm unable to get them; it's showing error or something. Just wanted to let someone know...Thanks!
hey. I just noticed that your birthday is the same day as Barack Obama.
Thanks very much for adding me as a contact, I look forward to reading your work.
Thanks for adding me to your contacts.
I didn't think you would mind if I posted this here?
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hey! this seems a great idea. i like the possibility of a working collective. great.
Hi, Jürgen, thanks for the invite! I've been poking around for a few days now- this is a very cool enterprise.
Jurgen, thanks so much for your kind comments!
Jurgen, thanks for your kind words about my story
"Choked"/"Pinned". Really appreciate it. I'll give the title some more thought (I'm just dreadful at titles) Take care, David
Thanks for the invite - and faith.
I didn't realize you were part of the braintrust of the site. This is a good idea, and I'm happy to play along. Good luck with it.
I've really been loving Fictionaut. I also like your work. Hope things are going well in NYC.
Thanks for the invite, Jurgen, and for reading my blog.
More invites desperately needed. Is this possible?
Jurgen, I want to thank you again for Fictionaut. I'm going to post new stuff weekly, and that is inspiration to finally finish off this book. It's a big help.
I'm honored that you thought of inviting me, thanks.
Thanks for the fave and the kind words -- gamboling is a great way to while away the afternoon, no?
"Bullet in the Head" sounds terrific and right up my alley; I checked the NYFF schedule and there appears to be one more showing left. Which means I'm there.
Thanks for all of your help!
Hope you didn't mind being outed in Jacket Copy. Now if I can just spend less time blogging there and more time reading here...
Jürgen, when we send an invite, does the receiver get only what we write as a personal message or is there a standard introductory e-mail message that automatically gets sent too?
We haven't watched it yet, but we have high hopes for it, especially after this praise:
"Forthright portrait of a sincere and fertile artist with the courage to follow his ideas wherever they lead."
I heard about that, Carrie, but I haven't actually seen the DVD yet. You'd think at least they'd send me a copy... Did you guys watch the movie? I have no idea what they used for the blurb but I stand by every word!
Rusty pointed out to me today that you're quoted (in red font) on the back of the new Lynch documentary DVD.
There's not a single ampersand in your entire profile. I'm sad & disappointed.
Dude! I finally managed to post some pages. They have never been seen by eyes other than my own.
Hey, Jurgen. I just sent Marcy Ch. 11. I'm trying to figure out how to post something on here, but I'm not smart enough.