born in 1987, is a co-founder and editor of the literary journal »wortwuchs«. His texts have appeared in numerous anthologies, including »Vorsicht Löwe!« (tr. Beware of the Lion!), the annual anthology of the German Literary Institute in 2014. His first novel »Malengo« was completed in July 2014 at the German Literary Institute in Leipzig, for which he received a working scholarship from the federal state of Thuringia. Kai Mertig received awards at the Treffen junger Autoren in 2005 and 2009.