born in 1983 in Hannover, is a renowned author and essayist. He was the founder of the cultural and societal magazine »freitext« and has a background in economics, which he studied in Berlin and Paris. Utlu’s literary debut »Die Ungehaltenen« (2014; tr: The Discontented) was adapted for the stage at the Maxim Gorki Theater. He went on to publish »Gegen Morgen« (2019; tr: Towards Morning) and received the Alfred-Döblin-Prize for an excerpt from his novel »Vaters Meer« (2023; tr: Father’s Sea). Between 2017-2019, he wrote the political column »Einträge in Logbuch« for the »Tagesspiegel«. Utlu is currently researching international human rights policy at the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. He teaches creative writing at the German Literature Institute Leipzig and the Institute for Language Arts, Vienna.