German essayist, literary critic, writer. After the graduation examination in Weikersheim, he took up studies in the field of German philology in Freiburg. From 1985 till 2002 he was a publicist and a literary editor in a number of dailies: Stuttgarter Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau and Tagesspiegel. He is the author of books about the literary output of Paul Celan: Orte Paul Celans (1996), Celan am Meer (2004) and studies on contemporary German literature: Nach den Utopien. Eine Geschichte der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. In 1996 he received the Ernst Robert Curtis award for his essays. At the 2nd Conrad Festival he participated in a meeting Akin By Choice: Bachmann-Celan in the National Museum.