Ulrich Gabriel was born in 1947 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, and has lived there ever since. He is a poet, performance-artist, musician, singer, journalist, arts administrator, teacher and educator. His many publications include: Vorallemberg (songs and lyrics in dialect: cassette and book, 1986) and Grüogeal – Eros trifft Mundart [Grüogeal - Eros meets dialect] 1998. In 1975, he founded the Jeunesse Musicale group in Vorarlberg, which he headed until 1990. From 1975 to 1985, he was a writer for the cabaret Voles. In 1980 he co-founded the Dornbirn Spielboden, a vibrant multi-purpose arts and cultural centre, for which he served as Chairman until 1986 and then as Managing Director from 1998 until 2004. Among its many events, the Spielboden hosted the annual international poetry festival Poesie Dornbirn from 1998 to 2008, which Ulrich Gabriel founded. He has also written regularly for local and regional newspapers, and has taken a consistent interest in working on arts projects with young and unemployed people. He has received several awards, including the 1997 Vorarlberg Prize for Arts and Science.