Clemens J. Setz was born in Graz in 1982. He studied German and Mathematics in Graz where he now lives and works as a writer and translator. He writes across a range of genres, including short stories, novels and poetry. In 2011 he won the Leipzig Book Prize for his short story collection die Liebe zur Zeit des Mahlstädter Kindesr.
His novel Indigo was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2012 and awarded the Literaturpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft in 2013. In 2014 he published his first collection of poetry, die Vogelstraußtrompete.
In 2015 he was awarded the Wilhelm Raabe Prize for his novel Die Stunde zwischen Frau und Gitarre. His most recent work, Bot-Gespräch ohne Autor, is a sort of diary in note form written by an electronic alter ego: a Clemens-Setz-Bot. (2018)