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Lies Van Gasse

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Lies van Gasse (b. 1983) is a Flemish poet, visual artist and teacher She studied illustrative design and became qualified to teach secondary school in 2007. Van Gasse is also one of the editors of the literary magazine Deus ex Machina and a reviewer for Knack Focus and Met Andere Zinnen.

She made her poetic debut with the volume Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer (The Same Poem Again and Again; Wereldbibliotheek, 2008). Her second collection of poems, Brak de waterdrager (Broke the Water Carrier; Wereldbibliotheek, 2011) won the poetry prize for the province of East Flanders. In 2013 she was nominated for the Pernathprijs for her graphic poem Wenteling (Turning; Wereldbibliotheek), drawings from which were exhibited at the art festival Watou in 2011. Many of her poems have appeared in magazines such asHet Liegend Konijn and Poëziekrant.

Poetry and graphic design go hand in hand in the work of Lies van Gasse. In 2013, for example, she co-authored the multimedia epic Hauser with Annemarie Estor. In January 2015 she published Zand op een zeebed (Sand on a Seabed; Wereldbibliotheek). In this graphic poem, a young woman in search of herself in the urban jungle, until only questions remain. 

In 2016 Lies Van Gasse was a writer-in-residence in Käsmu, Estonia. During the autumn of 2017 she stayed at Het Lijsternest for two weeks. 

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