André Degen, born one fine day in Leek in 1963,
spent his youth in Friesland and made his debut at the
age of eleven with a story in the 'Lyrische Courant',
what was then the youth section of newspaper the 'Leeuwarder
Courant'. He studied French in Groningen, after which
he landed a job in the ad copy writers trade. At
the age of twenty-three he had a brief correspondence
Reve for a while and actually met him a couple of
times, which resulted in a rather unflattering poem for
Reve, entitled 'Afrekening' (Settle the Score), which
was published in the Flemish-Dutch literary magazine 'Appel'.
He also published in 'Weirdo's', 'Schrijver & Caravan'
and in anthologies by Uitgeverij De Vleermuis. He is a
great admirer of Gerrit
On 5th April 2001 he was awarded the Apollo Poetry Prize
2001 for his poem 'Hulshorsterzand', a prize consisting
of a thousand guilders (some 450 euros). His poem had
been selected from no less than 265 entries. Degen had
adopted the pseudonym Jules Hertzinger for this competition.
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