Matthias Göritz was born in Hamburg in 1969. Today he lives in Frankfurt/Main as a writer. After his studies of philosophy and literature he spent some time in Moscow, Paris, Chicago, and New York.
He published his first collection of poetry Loops in 2001.
He received numerous stipends and prizes such as 'Literaturförderpreis der Stadt Hamburg' both in 1994 and 2000 and Mara Cassens Prize in 2006. From 2000 to 2002 he was Writer in Residence at Bard College, New York. In 2002 he attended the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa.