Joachim Frank

Fiction Writer

200 West End Avenue 11A
New York, NY 10023

Author's Bio

Joachim Frank, a German-born scientist and writer, moved in 1975 to Albany, New York and more recently (2008) relocated to New York City.  He took fiction writing classes at the Skidmore Summer workshops of the New York Writers Institute with William Kennedy, Steven Millhauser, Eugene Garber, and Jayne Ann Phillips.

Short Fiction

He has published several short stories and prose poems in Lost and Found Times, The Agent, Inkblot, Heidelberg Review, Groundswell, Peer Glass, and Open Mic, all print.  Short fiction has appeared in online journals including elimae, 3711 Atlantic, Cezanne's Carrot, Brilliant, Eclectica, Offcourse, The Noneuclidean Cafe, Ghoti Magazine, Duck and Herring Co. Pocket Field Guide, Hamilton Stone Review, Bartleby Snopes, Red Ochre Lit, Fiction Fix, Wasafiri, TXTOBJ, Door Is A Jar, and Black&White


His novel AAN ZEE was published in 2019 by Southern University Press.  Three additional novels are still unpublished: Ierapetra -- or my Sister's Keeper,  NARCIS, and The Observatory.


His poems have appeared in Heidelberg Review, Offcourse, Raving Dove, Infiniti's Kitchen and The New Poet.  His early German poems have been recently published in Signaturen Magazin, Germany.


His German translations of selected poems by Michael Heller have appeared in Signaturen Magazin, Germany.


His photographs have been exhibited in several shows in the Albany region, and published in Cowbird, *82 Review and Hole in Head.


His work as a scientist (professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University) has been published in over 200 peer-reviewed articles and six books.  He shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson.

Publications & Prizes

Bartleby Snopes
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Door is a Jar Magazine
Fiction Fix
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Microfiction Monday Magazine
Noneuclidean Cafe
Offcourse Literary Journal
Red Ochre Lit
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Prizes won: 

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

Elected Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Elected Fellow of the Academy for Arts and Sciences

Nomination for the Pushcart Prize

Editor's choice award, *82 Review


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Robert Musil Franz Kafka Jorge Luis Borges George Saunders Alice Monro Raymond Carver
What I'm reading now: 
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Identifies as: 
German American
Fluent in: 
English, German
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Last update: Oct 18, 2021