Michelle Steinbeck is a Swiss author, curator and editor. She writes stories, poetry and plays; columns and reportages. Her first novel My father was a man on land and a whale in the water was published in 2016 at the publishing house Lenos in Basel. It was nominated for the Swiss and the German Bookprize, while a critic on TV called it «disgusting and terrible». The english translation  came out in fall 2018 at Darf Publishers in London, the italian follows in spring 2019 at Tunué in Latina. A collection of poetry Eingesperrte Vögel singen mehr (Birds in a cage sing more) was published in 2018 at Voland&Quist in Dresden. Steinbeck organises literary events for young writers and is the editor-in-chief of the Zurich based magazine Fabrikzeitung (fabrikzeitung.ch). This year she will be living in Basel, Paris, Tuscany and Hamburg.