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Roelof ten Napel (Joure, 1993) is a poet, essayist and novelist. Dutch national newspapers NRC and De Volkskrant called him ‘one of today’s greatest young Dutch writers’ and ‘perhaps the most exciting author of his generation’. His poems have been translated into various languages, and his first novel, Het leven zelf (Life Itself, 2017), was adapted into a play.

In 2022, Ten Napel received the Dutch Grand Poetry Prize for Dagen in huis (Days At Home, 2021). His previous collections In het vlees (In The Flesh, 2020) and Het woedeboek (The Book Of Rage, 2018) had both been nominated. In the same year, he was nominated for the Joost Zwagerman Essay Prize. His novel Een zoon van (A Son Of, 2020) was included among the best books of 2020 by both De Groene Amsterdammer and the Dutch Review of Books, and he received the C.C.S. Crone Stipend from the municipality of Utrecht for his debut book of prose, Constellaties (Constellations, 2014).

Translations of his work have appeared in publications such as PN Review, Shearsman and Acumen.


2021 Dagen in huis (Days At Home), poems
2020 Een zoon van (A Son Of), novel
2020 In het vlees (In The Flesh), poems
2018 Het woedeboek (The Book Of Rage), poems
2017 Het leven zelf (Life Itself), novel
2014 Constellaties (Constellations), prose


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2022 Nominated for the Joost Zwagerman Essay Prize
2022 Winner of the Grand Poetry Prize (Dagen in huis)
2021 Nominated for the Grand Poetry Prize (In het vlees)
2019 Nominated for the Grand Poetry Prize (Het woedeboek)
2019 Nominated for the C. Buddingh'-Prize (Het woedeboek)
2019 Nominated for the Poetry Debut Prize (Het woedeboek)
2015 Laureate of the C.C.S. Crone Stipend