The General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the USA
Stefan Hertmans (born in Ghent, Flanders, Belgium in 1951) is the internationally acclaimed and prizewinning author of many literary works, including poetry, novels, essays, plays, short stories and a handbook on the history of art. For more than 20 years he was a professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. He also was a guest professor at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin, Mexico City, London and Paris, and at The Library of Congress in Washington. His novel, War and Turpentine, was awarded the prestigious AKO literature prize in 2014. It has sold more than 200,000 copies in its home country and has been translated into 15 languages.