Monique Schwitter was born in 1972 in Zurich and now lives and works in Hamburg. Between 1993 and 1997 she studied acting and directing at the Mozarteum University of Dramatic Arts in Salzburg. In 2005, she published her first volume of short stories, Wenn’s schneit beim Krokodil (When it Snows at the Crocodile’s), for which she was awarded the 2006 Robert Walser Prize for the best literary debut of the year. Her novel Ohren haben keine Lider (Ears have no Lids) was published in 2008. And her collection of short stories Goldfischgedächtnis (Goldfish Memory) was awarded the Rotahornpreis in 2011.