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The Dutch Writer-in-Residence

A visit to the U-M by the distinguished Dutch writer Bert Schierbeek in 1979 inspired the University to approach the Stichting voor Vertalingen [Foundation for the Translation of Dutch Literary Work] in Amsterdam about the possibility of co-funding a Dutch Writer-in-Residence. We succeeded, and Bert Schierbeek returned to the University for the academic year 1981-1982 as the first tenant of the position. The program has run continuously ever since, attracting a long list of other luminaries:

  • Philo Bregstein
  • Mischa de Vreede
  • Peter Ten Hoopen
  • Arie van den Berg
  • Renate Dorrestein
  • Graa Boomsma
  • Henk van Kerkwijk
  • Mia Meijer
  • Herman Stevens
  • Martin Bril
  • Robert Vernooy
  • Daphne Meijer
  • Renee Huigen
  • Patty Scholten