Clemens Meyer was born in 1977 in Halle, Germany.
After high school he worked as a watchman, building worker and removal man. He studied creative writing at the German Literary Institute in Leipzig and was granted a scholarship by the Saxon Ministry of Science and Arts in 2002. His first novel, Als wir träumten, was a huge success and his second book, Die Nacht, die Lichter, a collection of short stories, was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2008. Bricks and Mortar was shortlisted for the German Book Prize and was awarded the Bremer Literaturpreis 2014. Meyer lives in Leipzig.