born in 1967, studied German studies and ethnology in Freiburg. He lived in Poland from 1994 to 2011. He has worked at the Institute for Germanic Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań since 1999. Since 2012, he has taught courses in Intercultural German Studies at the Collegium Polonicum (Słubice). He writes prose, poetry, essays, and literary articles and is also a translator of Polish literature. In 2012 he was awarded the Jabłonowski-Preis.