(moderator/festival director) born in Greifswald (East Germany) in 1965, is a Berlin-based writer and poet who started his career in the eighties as a singer-songwriter in the oppositional movement in Leipzig. Though the STASI’s ‘operational procedures’ banned his texts, his songs and poems became popular during the Monday demonstrations that finally led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the GDR. His works were translated into 17 languages and were granted awards like the annual German Literary Science and Philosophy Prize (1998) or the Alfred Doeblin Scholarship of the German Academy of Arts (2006). After 1989, he published songs, four poetry books, tales and short stories, as well as essays, literary criticism, nonfiction on history and culture, and a novel about the year 1989 (“Rabet” 1999). He is a regular guest at international festivals and universities. Since 2004 he has been the director of the Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V., with which he realised the Jakarta Berlin Arts Festival in 2011 or the STADTSPRACHEN Festival of the free literary scene Berlin in 2016, amongst many other projects. Since 2017 he has been project manager of the international reading series PARATAXE and publisher of the multilingual stadtsprachen magazin.
Rabet oder Das Verschwinden einer Himmelsrichtung. Novel. via verbis, München 1999.
Detik-Detik Indonesia. Poems. Bilingual. Indonesiatera, Magelang, 2005.
Seifenblasenmaschine, Berliner Szenen. Short stories. Schwartzkopff Buchwerke, Hamburg 2005.
Der Tag, der Deutschland veränderte. Essay. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2007.
Sekundenbuch, gedichte & gesänge. Poetry. Leipziger Literaturverlag, Leipzig 2012.
saskananas, gedichte & notate. Poetry. Leipziger Literaturverlag, Leipzig 2015.