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3 beautiful poems about sisters. Gerda Blees (b. 1985) made her debut in 2017 with the short-story collection Aan doodgaan dachten we niet (We Didn’t Think About Dying). Her first volume of poetry, Dwaallichten (Wandering Lights), appeared the following year. We Are Light is her first novel and received unanimous rave reviews from the Dutch press. It was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature 2021. Her work is translated in German, English and Italian. In 1966, Neeltje Maria Min made a spectacular debut as a 22-year-old with the collection Voor wie ik liefheb wil ik heten (Name me after who I Love). At the time, poetry in the Netherlands was largely a man’s world – and most poets wrote in an experimental style. Min, however, wrote in an understated way, using rhyme, and her theme was family life – particularly its suffocating, claustrophobic aspects. Her work is translated in English, Spanish and Swedish. Ellen Deckwitz (1982) has been unstoppable since she made her entrance into literature: prize- winning collections have been published in recent years (including The Stone Fears Me, C. Buddingh Prize 2012), books about writing (the widely acclaimed Zo become je a great poet) and the bestseller Olives you should learn to read. In addition, she regularly presents poetry slams, has won countless herself, made it to the final of De smartste mens, travels the world to discover new poetry, makes theater and also writes weekly columns in both NRC Handelsblad and De Morgen. Maren Smith studies illustration at ArtEZ in Zwolle. She made these illustrations as a part of a Little Roaches schoolproject. Her colorfull, slightly alienating work really deserved to be published.