Matthias Göritz was born in Hamburg in 1969. His translations (with Uda Strätling) include John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run and Flow Chart, and books by Rae Armantrout, Ann Lauterbach, Mark Strand, and Nicholas Baker. He’s the author of three volumes of poetry—Loops (2001), Pools (
2006), and Tools (2012)—two novellas, and three novels: The Short Dream of Jakob Voss (winner of the Hamburg Literature Prize, Radio Bavaria Prize, and the Mara Cassens Prize); Dreamers and Sinners (winner of the Robert Gernhardt Fiction Prize); and Parker. He teaches in the Comparative Literature Department at Washington University in St. Louis.