Monique Schwitter was born in 1972 in Zurich and currently lives and works in Hamburg. She studied acting and directing at the Mozarteum University of Dramatic Arts in Salzburg (1993-1997) and went on to perform in Zurich, Frankfurt and Graz. In 2005 she published her first volume of short stories, Wenn’s schneit beim Krokodil, for which she was awarded the 2006 Robert Walser Prize for the best literary debut of the year. She created a literary salon, the “Damensalon”, at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus theater (2006-2008), where she presented her favourite books to the public. In 2013 Monique Schwitter received the manuskripte-Preis, a prestigious Austrian literary award for her entire oeuvre.