Michelle Steinbeck was born in Lenzburg, Switzerland in 1990. She writes prose, poetry and drama; reportage and columns. She works as editor-in-chief at Fabrikzeitung
and is the organiser of Babelsprech
, a forum for young international poetry. This piece is an extract from her first novel, My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water
, which will be published in 2018 by Darf Publishing. It was shortlisted for the Swiss Book Prize 2016 and longlisted for the German Book Prize 2016. Steinbeck lives in Basel.
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