Asal Dardan, born in Tehran in 1978, grew up in Cologne, Bonn and Aberdeen after her parents fled Iran. She studied cultural studies in Hildesheim and Middle Eastern studies in Lund. As a freelance author, she writes for Zeit Online, the FAZ and the Berliner Zeitung, among others. She also works as a freelance editor and writer for the online magazine what if. For her text New Years she was awarded the Caroline Schlegel Prize for essay writing. After years on Öland in Sweden, Asal Dardan now lives with her family in Berlin.