Mario Wirz was born in 1954 in Marburg and has been living in Berlin since 1988. He is an actor, director, and writer. His most recent volumes of lyric poetry are Sieben Leben hat die Woche (2003) and Sturm vor der Stille (2006). He will publish a new volume of poetry later in 2010.
Renate Latimer taught German and Comparative literature at Auburn University and has translated German and Austrian novels, short stories, and poetry. Her favorite place of refuge is The European Translators Institute (EUK). She is currently working on a translation of chapters from Celans Kreidestern (2010) by Brigitta Eisenreich, about Celan's ten-year relationship in Paris with the Austrian writer Eisenreich.