Jan Baeke is a poet, translator, editor and curator, with nine poetry collections to his name. His fourth collection Groter dan de feiten (Bigger than the facts), published in 2007, was nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize, the most prestigious poetry award in the Netherlands. His latest collection, Seizoensroddel (Seasonal Gossip), was awarded the Jan Campert Prize 2017 for best poetry collection. Translations of his work have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Jan has translated works by Liz Lochhead, Lavinia Greenlaw, Deryn Rees-Jones, e.e. cummings, Norbert Hummelt, Russell Edson, Jack Spicer and Derek Walcott. Bigger than the Facts, the English translation of Groter dan de feiten, is appearing with Arc in 2020. Alongside media artist Alfred Marseille, he produces digital poems, data poems, poetry films and poetic installations under the name Public Thought. He is currently the festival programmer for Poetry International in Rotterdam.
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