Poetry, novels, essays
Her debut poetry book De rivier als vlakte [The river as a plain] (2003) took readers by surprise in 2003. A powerful second collection De schuur in [Into the shed] (2009) was nominated for the Jo Peters Poetry Award and the J.C. Bloem Prize, and awarded the Hugues C. Pernath Prize. Vonkt [It sparks] (2017) won the 2017 Jan Campert Prize and the Awater Poetry Prize and was nominated for the 2018 VSB Poetry Prize and the 2018 Herman de Coninck Prize. 2020 saw the publication of her debut novel In het jaar van de rode os [In the year of the red ox]. Her work has been translated into English, Turkish, Lithuanian, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian.
Attendance at national and international poetry festivals:
International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia
European Literature Night, Brasov, Romania
Poetry Spring Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania
Poets in Transylvania, Sibiu, Romania
Offline festival, Istanbul, Turkey
European Literature Night Amsterdam, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Nacht van de Poëzie, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Poetry International Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The fire of creation
Exerpt of the essay written for Poetry Festival of Medellin 2020.
“It is my deepest wish to give everything a heart-beat and, if that is possible, hands and feet, ears and a mouth as well. I want to look at everything and acknowledge it as divine, and as originating in that same field of being. That primal field from which everything has slipped from dream, potential and flash of light into a form. That primal field is still present in us, it is a radio wave that you can tune into when your desire is both sufficiently fiery and non-existent, when the thoughts and voices in your head have been calmed down, when they have been blown away on the wind, when you have let go of your arrogance, when you can be as small as the smallest grain of sand and regal as well. You can touch and explore that field. It is an orgasmic field. It has a high vibration, full of potency.”