A.L. Snijders was born in 1937 in Amsterdam. In 2006, his first collection of “zkv’s” (a term he invented which is an abbreviation of “zeer korte verhalen,” or “very short stories”) was published by AFdH Uitgevers. Several collections followed, including De Mol en andere dierenzkv’s (The Mole and Other Very Short Animal Stories, AFdH, 2009). In November 2010, Snijders was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize, one of the three most important literary prizes in Holland.