Erik-Jan Harmens (1970)was the first poetry slam champion of the Netherlands in 2002 and since then, he has also written many collections and books. The four collections of poetry that Harmens has written have been compiled in his collected work Ik noem dit poëzie (This is What I Call Poetry) (Lebowski, 2016). Harmens has written four novels. His third novel, the highly autobiographical Hallo muur(Hello Wall) (2015), in which he tries to find a credible answer to an alcohol addiction, was named as Book of the Monthby the De Wereld Draait Door book panel.Alongside these publications, Harmens has written poetry reviews for many years and he has interviewed artists for the VPROprogramme, De Avonden. He is currently working on a new poetry collection as well as a novel. However, his latest autobiographical book will be published first, titled Leven in het licht(Living in the Light).