Mensje van Keulen
For many years Mensje van Keulen (b. 1946) has been steadily adding to a body of work that stands solid as a rock in the pantheon of Dutch literature. Over the past four decades, starting with her astonishing 1972 debut, *Bleekers zomer *(Bleeker’s Summer), now considered a modern Dutch classic, she has published more than 25 titles, including story and poetry collections, novels and children’s books. Critics have raved from the start about the deceptive simplicity of her stories, and the delicate grace of her style. She has been nominated for many literary prizes, and has won a number of them. In 2011 she was awarded the Charlotte Köhler Oeuvre Prize, and in 2014 the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her complete body of work.