born in Berlin in 1959, studied German studies, Philosophy and Romance Studies. She was a discussion participant in the »Literarisches Quartett«, hosted the »Literaturclub« and chaired the jury of the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis. She received the media price for language culture in 2008 and was named Chevalier des Lettres by the French ministry of culture in 2010. From 1992 to 2013, she was the literary editor of the »ZEIT«. In 2013, she started co-managing the feuilleton together with Adam Soboczynski.