Michael Augustin was born in Lubeck, Germany in 1953. He studied Anglo-Irish literature and Folklore at University College Dublin and the University of Kiel. He now lives in Bremen with his wife, the Indian poet Sujata Bhatt, with whom he has a grown-up daughter, Jenny. Augustin works as a writer and broadcaster with Radio Bremen. The author of many volumes of poetry, mini plays and short prose, he has also published several audiobooks, and translations of his books have appeared in Argentina, Poland, Ireland, England, Italy, and Greece. He himself has translated numerous works into German by authors as diverse as Raymond Carver, Pearse Hutchinson, John B. Keane, Adrian Mitchell and Peter Sheridan. He has read at numberous international literature festivals and is the recipient of the Friedrich-Hebbel-Prize and the Kurt-Magnus-Prize.