Ester Naomi Perquin

© Posthuma de Boer - 2016
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Ester Naomi Perquin

1980, Utrecht
Poet. Columnist. Radio presenter.

Ester Naomi Perquin (1980) is one of the most successful young poets in the Netherlands. She worked as a prison guard and studied at the Amsterdamse Schrijversvakschool (school of creative writing in Amsterdam) before making her debut in 2007 with the highly praised and award-winning collection of poetry, Servetten halfstok (Napkins at Half-Mast). Namens de ander (On Behalf of the Other, 2009) and Celinspecties (Cell Inspections, 2012) soon followed. These collections were reprinted several times over, and were showered with literary prizes including the J.C. Bloem Prize and the VSB Poetry Prize. In a climate in which many of her contemporaries tend to write wild and no-strings-attached forms of poetry, Perquin has emerged as the more classic poet, yet one who places a subtle focus on the intractable nature of the world and society.

Links   Dutch Foundation for Literature   Translations   G.A. van Oorschot   SIC-Literaturverlag

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Recently translated into German

Polderpoesie. Junge Lyrik aus Flandern und den Niederlanden
[Sic]-Literaturverlag, 2016
Übersetzung von Stefan Wieczorek, Ard Posthuma,
Gregor Seferens, Rosemarie Still und Waltraud Hüsmert

Polder are typical landscapes of Flanders and the Netherlands. Polder are new land that was reclaimed from the sea. "Polderpoesie" creates new ground and introduces 21 young Flemish and Dutch poets bilingually in Dutch and German.