Daniel Gräfe, born 1972, grew up in Upper Swabia, studied Creative Writing at the Studio Literatur und Theater in Tübingen as well as the history of the British Empire and Comparative Literature and Translation Studies at King's College and UCL in London. As business editor of the Stuttgarter Zeitung, he is concerned with the digital economy, artificial intelligence and the book market. Before that, he worked for many years as a cultural editor, from where research and travel led him to Eastern Europe, where his debut novel Wir sind Kometen (We are Comets) is set, for which Gräfe received a working scholarship from the Förderkreis deutscher Schriftsteller in Baden-Württemberg. To date, he has published stories and poems in competitive anthologies (including Lindemann's Bibliothek, Wißner Verlag, DAS GEDICHT) and, in addition to scholarships, has been awarded the Prenzlauer Berg Literature Prize and the Journalism Prize of the German Cultural Council (for a West-East reportage). He is currently working on his second novel Brennendes Licht/Polaroid.