Hester Knibbe (Netherlands, 1946) is a clinical pharmaceutical analyst. As a poet she made her début with her collection Tussen gebaren en woorden (‘Between gestures and words’) in 1982. She has since published more than ten collections. For Antidood (Antideath) she won in 2000 the prestigious Herman Gorter Prize. In 2009 she received the A.R. Holst Prize for her entire oeuvre. In 2015, her collection Archaïsch de dieren (Archaic the animals) won the top Dutch-language poetry prize, the VSB Poetry Prize; she was also appointed as the Rotterdam City Poet Laureate. She was a president of PEN Netherlands from 2008-2010.
Jan Baeke (1956, Netherlands), poet, translator, editor and programmer. In 1997 he published his first collection of poetry, entitled Nooit zonder de paarden (Never without the horses). His fourth collection, Groter dan de feiten (Larger than the facts), published in 2007, was nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize, the most prestigious poetry prize in the Netherlands. His latest collection, Het tankstation langs de route (The Gas Station along the Route), was released in 2013. His work is published by De Bezige Bij, the largest literary publishing house in the Netherlands.
Ester Naomi Perquin was born in Utrecht in 1980, grew up in the province of Zeeland and has been living in Rotterdam for the past twelve years. She followed creative writing classes in Amsterdam and has worked as a prison guard in order to finance her studies. Her debut volume Servetten halfstok (Napkins at Half-Mast) was published in 2007 at Van Oorschot Publishing House. It was followed in 2009 by the collection Namens de ander (In the Name of the Other). Pequin writes a weekly column for de Groene Amsterdammer and contributes radio reports for the VPRO program De Avonden every Friday. In 2011 and 2012 she was the appointed City Poet of Rotterdam. Her work has received numerous literary prizes.