Ulrich Gutmair studied history and journalism at the Free University of Berlin. He has been writing about history, pop culture and literature for daily newspapers and magazines for over twenty years. Gutmair has been the culture editor of the taz since 2007. In his book Die ersten Tage von Berlin. Der Sound der Wende (The First Days of Berlin. The Sound of Change), published by Klett-Cotta in 2018, he portrays the anarchic years in the city after 1989. He lives and works in Berlin.
Ulrich Gutmair was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from October 2019 to January 2020 and from July to August 2020. He was again in Tarbaya in May 2022.