Michael Werner (publisher)

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Michael Werner (born 1965) is the publisher of the only existing Pennsylvania German newspaper, Hiwwe wie Driwwe. In 1993, he started a private Archive for Pennsylvania German Literature in the Palatinate, Germany. In 1996, the newspaper Hiwwe wie Driwwe was founded in Ebertsheim, Palatinate (Germany). Since then, it is being published bi-annually. In 2003, Michael Werner, who has a doctorate degree in linguistics, was one of the co-founders of the German-Pennsylvanian Association and the first president of the association (until 2010). Since 1998, he is a member of the jury of the oldest Palatine Dialect Writers Contest in Bockenheim an der Weinstraße, Palatinate (Germany). He lives in Ober-Olm in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and works as publishing director of a publishing company in Mainz. In 2013, "Hiwwe wie Driwwe" started a cooperation with Kutztown University (PA).


  • Werner, Michael (Ed.): Hiwwe wie Driwwe. The Pennsylvania German Review (Newspaper). Ebertsheim/Ober-Olm/Kutztown 1997-.
  • Werner, Michael: "Ebbes aus em alte Land". Newspaper Column. In: The Pennsylvania German Review (Kutztown, PA), 2001-2003.
  • Werner, Michael: "Ebbes in die Mudderschprooch". Newspaper Column. In: The Diary (Gordonville, PA), 2003-2005.
  • Werner, Michael: "S Katz Deitsch Schtick". Internet Blog. In: hiwwe-wie-driwwe.de. Ober-Olm 2002-.
  • Werner, Michael et al. (Ed.): Mit Pennsylvanisch-Deitsch darich's Yaahr. A Pennsylvania German Reader for Grandparents and Grandchildren. Neckarsteinach 2006.
  • Werner, Michael (Transl.): Es globbt beim Sammy in der Nacht (Children's Book). Neckarsteinach 2012.
  • Werner, Michael: "Dem Uncle Saem sinn mir gedrei" - A Multimedia Performance (Texts, Music, Pictures & Videos), presented by the "New Paltz Band". Ober-Olm/Frankenthal/Schifferstadt 2013-.
  • Werner, Michael (Transl.): Kumm, mer gehne Baere yaage (engl. Original: We're going on a bear hunt, by Michael Rosen). Neckarsteinach/Morgantown (PA) 2014.
  • Werner, Michael: Pennsylvanisch-Deitsch im Yahr 2015. A Hiwwe wie Driwwe Documentation. Published on youtube.com (30 minutes).
  • Werner, Michael (Ed.): DEITSCH. News und Geschichten aus dem Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A Hiwwe wie Driwwe Publication (E-Paper). Ober-Olm 2015-.

Book Series[edit]

# Year Book Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series
1. 2012 Michael Werner: Es globbt beim Sammy in der Nacht (Original: Es klopft bei Wanja in der Nacht, deutsch, 1985) Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series No. 1
2. 2013 Walter Sauer: Es Haus, wu der Jack gebaut hot (Original: The House that Jack built, english, 1853) Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series No. 2
3. 2014 Earl C. Haag: Der Schtruwwelpitter. 2nd Edition (Original: Der Struwwelpeter, deutsch, 1845) Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series No. 3
4. 2014 Michael Werner: Kumm, mer gehne Baere yaage (Original: We’re going on a bear hunt, english, 1989) Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series No. 4
5. 2016 Rachel Yoder: Penny Olive Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series No. 5
6. 2016 Walter Sauer: Ebbes weeich die Watzelkinner Hiwwe wie Driwwe Series No. 6

Awards and Acknowledgements[edit]

  • 2006: "Guest commentary" by the prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of "Hiwwe wie Driwwe"
  • 2007: "10th J. William Frey Lecturer", Muhlenberg College (Lancaster, PA)
  • 2012: "Medienpreis Pfalz", Bezirksverband Pfalz (short list) - for "Hiwwe wie Driwwe"
  • 2015: "Emichsburg-Preis", Förderkreis Mundart Bockenheim e.V. - together with Frank Kessler, Dr. Walter Sauer and Doris Schweitzer in place of the "German-Pennsylvanian Association" (Deutsch-Pennsylvanischer Arbeitskreis e.V.)


  • Werner, Michael (Ed.): "Hiwwe wie Driwwe - The Pennsylvania German Review", Ober-Olm 1997-2015.
  • hiwwe-wie-driwwe.de: Retrieved on February 25, 2012
  • Jennifer Trout: "One Possible Future of Pennsylvania German in the 21st Century - J. William Frey Lecture by Dr. Michael Werner, Ober-Olm, Germany. In: Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies. Vol. 14, No. 3 (Summer 2007): 4-5.

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