Katharina Rist, born in Mannheim, grew up in the Palatinate. Writing her way through life since she was a child. Lived in Darmstadt 1986-1994, afterwards until 1999 in Freiburg/Breisgau. 1989 diploma in religious pedagogy (Darmstadt), 1994 Master of German Philology (Frankfurt/Main), 1998 PhD in English philology (Freiburg and Frankfurt). 1991-2008 lectureships and seminars in adult education, at academies and universities. 1998 founding of the literary society “Literatenohr e.V.”, since then organization of literature competitions, literary trips and events. Since 1999 she lives in London.