Jan Kees van de Werk was born in the Netherlands in 1948. He has been publishing African Literature in Dutch translation for more than two decades. In 1992 he received the Dick Scherpenzeel award for literary journalism for his extensive work on African Literature He lived for many years in Togo, where he co-founded a publishing house. He is also one of the co-founders of the African Publishers Network (APNET) and has been organizing various festivals and numerous literature-manifestations in the Netherlands and Africa. One of the projects was La Caravane de la Poesie which involved ten African poets travelling the ancient slave route from Goreé back to Timbouctou. Van de Werk put African literature on the map in the Netherlands with his series Afrikaanse Bibliotheek which featured 60 titles of African novels, short stories and poetry translated into Dutch. He is a full time poet, writer, photographer and filmmaker. Breyten Breytenbach wrote in his foreword of De Karavaan van de Verbeelding: "Jan Kees is a nomad at heart. He instinctively understands that life is an endless journey to be celebrated with tenderness and curiosity. So he takes time to read the movements in the sand and the shivering light of a new day at the horizon, the rapid dance of swallows over the Niger river, as also the shadows of life passing on the faces of people, and he always does this with infinite respect for the dignity and the integrity of the other. This is what his poetry is all about."
 
 
Publications:
 
Afrika verbeeld, 1992, Phaedon
Afrika InDruk, 1995, In de Knipscheer (Anthology of African prose)
Stenen schaduw,1994, De Prom
Witte haan, 1995, De Prom
Vissenvrouw, 2000, De Geus
Vader en moeder, 2000, Kleinood & Grootzeer
De karavaan van de verbeelding, 2000, Kit Press
Afrika verbeeld, 1992, Phaedon
Afrika In Druk, 1995, In de Knipscheer (Anthology of African prose)
Stenen schaduw,1994, De Prom
Witte haan, 1995, De Prom
Vissenvrouw, 2000, De Geus
Vader en moeder, 2000, Kleinood & Grootzeer
De karavaan van de verbeelding, 2000, Kit Press