was born in Bielefeld in 1975. He studied Philosophy and Literature. He contributes texts and music in the music and literary group Fön. In addition to his début, »Erledigungen vor der Feier« (2003; tr: Chores before the Celebration), he has published the novels »Wir bleiben in der Nähe« (2005; tr: We’ll Stay Close) and »Der Kaiser von China« (2008; tr: The Emperor of China). His awards include the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Annette von Droste Hülshoff Prize and the Literature Prize of the Deutsche Wirtschaft.