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Jan Lauwereyns wins the 2012 VSB Poetry Prize



The collection Hemelsblauw (Sky Blue) by Belgian poet Jan Lauwereyns has been awarded the VSB Poetry Prize, which is awarded annually for a Dutch-language collection. The four other nominees for the prize were: Peter Ghyssaert, Willem Jan Otten, Erik Spinoy and Anne Vegter.

Jan Lauwereyns received €25,000 and a glass sculpture by Maria Roosen in a ceremony on 25 January at the Nikolaïkerk in Utrecht.

To read more (in Dutch) about the winning collection and this year’s prize, including audio recordings of poems from the nominated collections, see