Kathrin Pollow is a historian & researcher. She studied medicine for 4 years with internships in Nicaragua, and Brazil, but then changed career to Portuguese and history. Main focus: African diaspora and Black Power movements in the US, and South America. In 1998 she secured a scholarship at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she finished her studies with an M.A.. Thereafter Kathrin took up teaching posts at a language school for Brazilian immigrants and at an inner-city high-school.
Parallel to her studies she continuously worked as an artist support and receptionist at dance- and film-festivals, music- and art-centers, and as a translator for English and Portuguese. Next up was a 5-year-stay in New York, with various internships at NGO’s such as Amnesty International. Writing by day, she bartended by night. Return to Hamburg in 2006, free-lance translations and research on various topics and eras for the art community, television, and film (Fatih Akin a.o.).
Throughout varied projects Kathrin has lived and worked in Germany, the Middle East, Nicaragua, Brazil, Cuba, the US, and South Africa and currently commutes between Hamburg and London. She very much enjoys getting her teeth into complex topics and providing the information for inspiring, and exciting (his/her)stories – real, in books or on stage. And she loves Rio, cakes, music and dance, and finds it particularly cool, when people are able to fit idealism and life under one hat.