Born in Innsbrück in 1976, Carolina Schutti studied German Philology, English, and American Studies at the University of Innsbrück along with concert guitar and classical voice. After completing her PhD on Elias Canetti, she taught at the University of Florence. Returning to Innsbrück she worked as a researcher at Literaturhaus am Inn. She works with musicians and artists in interdisciplinary projects.
She has published short stories, radio plays, and poetry. Her first novel Wer getragen wird, braucht keine Schuhe (If you’re carried, you don’t need any shoes) was nominated for the 2010 Rauriser Prize. Her second novel, Einmal muss ich auf weiches Gras gelaufen sein (I must have run on soft grass sometime, 2012), won the European Prize for Literature in 2015. A novella. Eulen fliegen lautlos (Owls fly soundlessly) appeared in 2015 and won the Alois Vogel Literature Prize.
Carolina Schutti has won numerous other literary prizes, and was nominated for the 2020 Bachmann Prize. nervenfieber, her first poetry collection, appeared in 2018, and her most recent novel, Patagonien, has just been published. Although her work has been translated into thirteen languages, none of her books has yet appeared in English translation. (2020)