Dennis Staats was born in Carinthia, Austria in 1983. He studied comparative literature at the University of Vienna. While he was at university he worked as a journalist for several newspapers and wrote his first novel. He wrote his masters thesis on the reception of Jack Kerouac’s novels in the German speaking world. After graduation he worked as a PR manager and as a project manager at an international marketing agency in Vienna and Zurich. During this time he wrote several short stories and poems. Dennis Staats lives and works in Carinthia.