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Poets of All Nations (PAN)

Poets of All Nations (PAN) was founded in 1997. The foundation aims at propagating literature and freedom of expression, and at advising of and rendering services to poets, authors, and translators, as well as to publishers of literary works, associations, institutions, and other organizations in the literary and development aera. It fulfils this aim by assisting in the preparation and realization of international festivals, events, meetings as well as literary publications, not only in its own linguistic regions, but also elsewhere in order to rendering living literature accessible to all those interested.

In the recent past the foundation was involved in the preparations and organization of the new festival Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa in 1997; in the encounter of Dutch and Indonesian poets in Jakarta, Depok, and Bandung in December 1998; in the festival Poets in the Elzenveld in Antwerp, Flanders, already taking place several years. PAN also busies itself with the IX Festival Internacional de Poesía en Medellín in Colombia and with the preparations of the Yearbook of International Poetry in Beijing, China.

In a close co-operation with the PoëzieCentrum in Gand, Belgium a Poets of All Nations Series will be published. PAN has also taken over some former activities of Poetry International in Rotterdam such as the Poetry International Award (now Free Word Award) and the Ludo Pieters Guest Writer Fund.

With the award the foundation shall distinguish an imprisoned poet, who is in serious political trouble owing to his literary work. It is a continuation of the former award that was founded in 1979 and since given to eighteen poets. Fifteen of them are free now, two died in captivity and one is still imprisoned. Also, each year with the Ludo Pieters Fund an author encountering difficulties with publishing his (or her) work in his own country shall be invited as a writer-in-residence to a university in the Netherlands.

Poets of All Nations is a small foundation backed up by a wide variety of specialists who can be engaged per project. These specialists are skilled in administration, PR, programming, translating, presentation, and so on. The foundation has no financial resources of its own. Apart from allowances for services, it depends on grants, donations and subsidies. The board consists of: Neelie Kroes (President), Martin Mooij (Secretary), Winfried van den Muijsenbergh (Treasurer), Remco Campert, Joachim Sartorius and Christa Widlund (Members).


Poets of All Nations
Operalaan 39
2907 KA Capelle a/d IJssel
The Netherlands.
Tel.: +31-10-450 4160
Fax: +31-10-451 0630

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