Simone Atangana Bekono
Simone Atangana Bekono was born in 1991 and studied at Creative Writing ArtEZ, graduating in 2016 with "hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren", a collection of poems and letters which includes the poems featured in "how the first sparks became visible". This book was republished in a commercial edition by Wintertuin Uitgeverij in collaboration with Lebowski Publishers and went on to win the Poëziedebuutprijs Aan Zee, a prize for the best Dutch-language poetry debut. In the same year, Atangana Bekono also won the prestigious Charlotte Köhler Stipendium for new Dutch writers. Her first novel, "Confrontatie", was published in Autumn 2020 by Lebowski Publishers.