Reinhard Reich, born in 1962, studied literature and journalism in Munich, Freiburg and Moscow. After working as a journalist and translator from Russian, he now works as a freelance author and literary mediator. He has received scholarships from the City of Munich and the Literary Colloquium Berlin for his work. From 1976 to 1981 he was a pupil at the Benedictine grammar school Internat Ettal. "shamen. a rosary" is Reinhard Reich's first volume of poetry.