Tabea Steiner, born 1981, studied German language and literature and ancient history. She grew up on a farm in eastern Switzerland and now lives in Zurich. Her texts report on the difficulty of the simple in carefully composed, high-resolution linguistic images. In harsh realities and small-scale worlds, the features of the interpersonal, as coarse as they are delicate, are revealed. It is often the inconspicuous gestures that are observed – as if under a magnifying glass.
The author spent the summer of 2014 as an artist in residence in Genoa and the summer of 2019 as a fellow at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Her first novel “Balg” was published in 2019 by Edition Bücherlese and was shortlisted for the Swiss Book Prize.
Together in teams, Tabea Steiner also curates the Thun Literature Festival as well as the Bernese reading festival Aprillen and is currently a member of the jury for the Swiss Literature Awards.