Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and now lives with her family in Berlin. She started publishing her poetry by pasting poems onto lamp posts and spreading them on flyers and free post cards. After completing her Magister in Religious Studies and Modern Indology, she graduated from the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig.
She collaborates with filmmakers, composers, sound artists and musicians from all over the world and has won many prizes, including the Leonce and Lena Prize in 2009 and the Literary Prize of the Federation of German Industries in 2017. Besides her many radio plays and audio-books of poetry and music she has published two books of short stories—Flamingos and Book Against Disappearing—and four volumes of poetry.
In 2015 Ugly Duckling Presse (USA) launched a selection of her early poems in English translation. In 2016 Karen Leeder’s stunning translations of Sandig’s poetry „Thick of it“ (Seagull Books) won the English PEN translation Pitch and have been awarded with an PEN America/Heim Translation Fund Grant. In 2018 she launched her debut album with her Poetry-band LANDSCHAFT and her latest poetry "Grimm" (Hurst Street Press).