Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) worked as a dolphin keeper before making his debut in 1998 with a collection of poems entitled ‘Houdini’s Straitjacket’, which was awarded the important Flemish Debut Prize. He is the author of an anti-novel, ‘The Flying Monk’. From 2010 to 2012, he was the City Poet of Antwerp, a function to which he gave a new shape. Recently, he published his second novel, ‘Salt Scratcher Expeditions’, and together with Koen Peeters, Koen Broucke and Pascal Verbeken, ‘Miavoye. A pilgrimage to Paul van Ostaijen’, in which they retrace the last days of the famous poet.
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