jina khayyer is a writer, poet and journalist.

born in germany, of persian descent, khayyer studied painting at the bauhaus in dessau and journalism at the deutsche journalistenschule in munich.


khayyers' genre-bending prose and poetry is known for challenging the concepts of origin, identity, heritage and gender, and in doing so exploring the question of how not to break?

since the1990s, khayyers' writing has frequently appeared in süddeutsche zeitung, 

zeit magazin, zeit.de, libération, stern, vogue032cthe gentlewomanfantastic man

purple magazine, monopol, pin-up,

the happy reader and apartamento.


she is the author of several books of autofiction and poetry. her first book, älter als jesus, oder mein leben als frau (older than jesus, or my life as a woman), a memoir, was released in 2015. in november 2021 her first collection of poetry, not dark yet, but it's getting there was published.


khayyer also writes profiles on other artists, including jenny holzer, edel adnan, simone fattal,

susan sarandon, collier schorr, wolfgang tillmans, and has hosted artist conversations for the goethe institute (paris), galerie templon (paris), silencio (paris), c/o berlin, galerie lelong (new york)


khayyer lives and works in paris and in the south of france. 

she writes in german, in english and in french and speaks fluently her mother tongue farsi.