born in 1964 in Magdeburg, has lived in Berlin since 1983. She studied German language and literature in Berlin and Paris. The award-winning writer, journalist, lecturer, and performer publishes poetry, prose, documentary literature, radio features, and plays. She is best known for her novels »Moskauer Eis« (2000; tr: Moscow Ice) and »Walpurgistag« (2011; tr: Walpurgis Day). She was a visiting professor for cultural journalism at the Universität der Künste in Berlin from 2015 until 2020.