Karl-Heinz Ott was born in 1957 at Ehingen near Ulm. He studied philosophy, German literature and music. He began working as a dramaturg in 1986, and has held posts at the Württembergisches Landestheater Esslingen, Theater Freiburg, Theater Basel and in Zurich at the Theater am Neumarkt. He received the Hölderlin Award Young Author’s Prize and the Thaddäus Troll Prize in 1998 for his debut novel Ins Offene (Into the Open)
2005, he was awarded the Alemannic Literature Prize, the LiteraTour Nord Prize and the Candide Prize for his novel Endlich Stille (Silence at Last)
. He has been a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz since 2006. Karl-Heinz Ott lives near Freiburg and works as a freelance writer.