Ferdinand Schmalz, born 1985 in Graz. Grew up in Admont. Lives and works in Vienna. He received the Retzhofer Dramapreis 2013 for am beispiel der butter. The play dosenfleisch premiered in June 2015 at the opening of the Autorentheatertage at the Deutsches Theater Berlin in a production of the Vienna Burgtheater and was invited to the Mülheimer Theatertage. The play der herzerlfresser premiered at Schauspiel Leipzig on November 20, 2015. September 2016, der thermale widerstand was premiered at Schauspielhaus Zürich. The play der thermale widerstand was nominated for the Mülheim Drama Prize 2017. In 2017, Ferdinand Schmalz won the Kasseler Förderpreis für komische Dichtung as well as the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize with the text mein lieblingstier heißt winter. The play hildensaga. ein königinnendrama will have its world premiere at the Nibelungen Festival in Worms in 2022. His novel Mein Lieblingstier heißt Winter was published by S.Fischer in 2021 and was nominated for the German and Austrian Book Prizes.