Artists biographies
Hajo Steinert

Hajo Steinert is a writer, scholar of literature, radio journalist and literary critic. Born in Goslar, he grew up in Düsseldorf and Gummersbach and studied literature in Siegen (1974–77) and Houston/Texas (1977–80). In 1983 he earned his doctorate under Professor Helmut Kreuzer with the topic ‘Writing about death. From Thomas Bernhard’s novel ‘Gargoyles’ to the narrative prose of the seventies’ (‘Das Schreiben über den Tod. Von Thomas Bernhards Roman ‘Verstörung’ zur Erzählprosa der siebziger Jahre; Peter Lang Verlag).

After working as an academic consultant and assistant at the universities of Siegen and Houston, Hajo Steinert started a career as a literary critic in 1980, including for the FAZ, Die Zeit, Die Weltwoche, Die Welt, the radio and television channels of the German broadcasters ARD and the ZDF. Between 1986 and 2016 he was the literary editor and department head of ‘Kulturelles Wort’ (since 1993) at the Deutschlandfunk in Cologne.

He was a jury member for the SWR-Bestenliste, the Aspekte Literaturpreis awarded by the ZDF, the Marie Luise Kaschnitz-Preis, the Heinrich-Böll-Preis, the Peter-Huchel-Preis and the Deutscher Buchpreis. Hajo Steinert received teaching contracts as well as a visiting professorship in Zurich, Hildesheim and at the Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1990 Hajo Steinert founded the monthly ‘Studio LCB’ event in the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Since 1992 he as been a programme advisor and presenter at the ‘Erlanger Poetenfest’, since 2006 the programme director and presenter of the lyric festival ‘Lass Hören’ in Düren. He is a board member of the Literaturhaus Köln and a member of the international PEN.

Hajo Steinert is an author of books in the fields of literary history, photography and the cultural history of football. In addition he has published a number of prose anthologies and audiobooks featuring German contemporary literature. Most recently his novel ‘Der Liebesidiot’ (2015) was published by the Knaus Verlag. In 2018 his novel ‘Höllenlärm in Ascona’ will be published – also by Knaus Verlag.

Hajo Steinert has lived in Cologne since 1984.

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017