Marcel Beyer, born in 1965 in Tailfingen, studied German, English Language and Literature and Literary Science in Siegen. He obtained his master’s degree in 1992 with a paper about Friederike Mayröcker. From 1989 at the University of Siegen he edited, jointly with Karl Riha, the series "Forgotten authors of Modernity". From 1990 to 1993 he worked as a reader for the literary journal Konzepte
. From 1992 until 1998 he published articles in the music journal Spex
. In 1996 and 1998 he was Writer in Residence at University College London and at the University of Warwick in Coventry. Marcel Beyer’s publications include a series of volumes of poetry and novels and he has received numerous literary awards.