Born 1956 in Hennigsdorf (Brandenburg), childhood in Borgsdorf and Hohen-Neuendorf (near Berlin). 1967 Moved to Dresden, trained as a skilled worker in electronics. 1980 A-levels at night school, then unskilled work, including in a bakery and at the post office. Worked in the »Sächsische Landesbibliothek«, Dresden, then in a youth club. From 1982 to 1985 studies at the Institute for Literature, Leipzig. Moved to Leipzig in 1984.

Freelance author since 1986. Married the photographer Ute Döring in 1991. 1993 Moves to Osterholz-Scharmbeck (near Bremen), 1995/1996 stays at the Villa Massimo, Rome. 1996 move to Darmstadt.

2 children—Lars Drawert and Tilman Döring.

Since 1998 director of the Darmstadt Text Workshop. Since 2004 director of »Zentrum Junge Literatur«, Darmstadt. Since 2014 member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry. Since 2018 member of the Saxon Academy of Arts.

Viewing the multitude of his publications in detail on Kurt Drawert’s website is always worthwhile.

In my publishing programme, Kurt Drawert is first and foremost the editor of the Edition Darmstädter Textwerkstattit is a pleasure to have Kurt Drawert, his debutants and the edition in the publishing house!