born in 1953, is a German literary scholar, author, and lecturer. He studied and earned his doctorate in Heidelberg and has lived in Berlin since 1987. He is the author and editor of many books, editions, essays, encyclopedic articles, poems, and translations of poetry. Together with Ulrich Janetzki, he recently published the anthology »Die Morgendämmerung der Worte: Moderner Poesie-Atlas der Roma und Sinti« (2018; tr: The Dawn of Words. Modern Atlas of Roma and Sinti Poetry).