Verena Spilker lived in Hamburg, Germany until graduating from high school in 2000. In 1997 she attended high school in California, USA for one semester. She studied Cultural Anthropology, Politics, Spanish and Russian at the Universities of Göttingen and Leipzig and finished her M.A. with honours in 2010.
Recognizing a lack of queer and female visibility in the places she’s lived in, and determined to change that, she’s initiated and organized one-off events, festivals, and event series in Göttingen, Leipzig and Berlin. Since moving to Berlin in 2009 she has collaboratively published Make Out Magazine, an independent queer-feminist magazine that existed until 2015, and established Transnational Queer Underground as an online platform for information on queer artistic life around the world. Her weekly radio show balm&creak had it’s 15th anniversary at Stadtradio Göttingen in May 2017.
Verena speaks German and English fluently, and has a working knowledge of Russian, Hungarian, Spanish and Ukrainian.