K. Michel (b.1958) can hardly be said to be a prolific writer. Since his debut in 1989, Yes! Bare as the Stones, only five new collections of poems have appeared, along with two books of short stories and a collection of essays. Nevertheless, his work has attracted attention from the very outset; for his second collection, Boom the Night (1994), he was awarded the Jan Campert Prize, for Water Studies (1999) the Herman Gorter Prize and the VSB Poetry Prize, and for Your Island is bigger during Ebb Tide (2010) the Awater Poetry Prize and the Guido Gezelle Award. In 2016, he published the collection: By Foot the Universe is Three Days Away.