Carl-Christian Elze was born in Berlin in 1974. He now lives in Leipzig, where he initially studied Biology and German before taking a course at the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig (DLL). He writes poetry, prose and screenplays and his work has been extensively published in magazines and anthologies, such as Lyrik von Jetzt 2, Neubuch, Bella Triste and EDIT. His distinctions to date include reaching the finals of the Open Mike (2005) and being awarded several prizes, including the Lyrik-Debütpreis Poetenladen 2005 (Poet’s Newcomer Prize), first prize in the Irseer Pegasus Award (2006), the New York Stipendium of the German Literature Fund (2010) and the Lyrikpreis München 2010 (The Munich Poetry Prize). He has also published recent a volumes of poetry apart entitled gänge (Connewitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig 2009).
Bradley Schmidt grew up in rural Kansas, completed a BA in German Studies at a small liberal arts college there, studied German Literature and Theology in Marburg, and started a dissertation on Schleiermacher in Halle an der Saale before completing an MA in Translation Studies in Leipzig. He lives and works in Leipzig as a freelance translator and adjunct instructor at Leipzig University.