Gunther Geltinger was born in Erlenbach am Main in 1974 and now lives in Cologne. He studied screenplay and dramaturgy at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His debut novel Mensch Engel was published in 2008 by Schöffling Verlag, followed by the novels Moor (2013) and Benzin (2019), both published by Suhrkamp Verlag.
In addition to prose, Geltinger also writes screenplays, libretti and audio pieces and translates (among others Niq Mhlongo's novel "Way Back Home", wunderhorn 2015). He has received numerous prizes and scholarships, including the August Graf von Platen Literature Prize, the Funding Prize for Literature of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and residency grants at the Literary Colloquium Berlin and the International Artists' House Villa Concordia in Bamberg.