born 1948 in Selm, is a German literary scholar. After an apprenticeship as a wholesale trader, he studied German language and literature and philosophy at the TU Berlin. He was Walter Höllerer’s assistant and earned his doctorate in 1981 with a thesis on Konrad Bayer. From 1986 to 2013, he directed the Literary Colloquium Berlin. Together with Wilfried Ihrig, he is editor of the anthology »Die Morgendämmerung der Worte: Moderner Poesie-Atlas der Roma und Sinti« (2018).