Spaces and Voices in activist art projects in Belgium and the Netherlands: Personal reflections
Authors of the Week: Belgium
Saskia Stehouwer (Alkmaar, the Netherlands, 1975) studied Dutch and English literature at the University of Amsterdam.
Her first volume of poetry, entitled wachtkamers (waiting rooms) was published by Marmer Publishers in October 2014 and received the prestigious C. Buddingh’s prize for poetry in 2015. Her second book, vrije uitloop (free range) was published in October 2016.
In July 2017, Iets anders/Something else was published by Dutch Poet Press. The book contains translations of poems by Ingmar Heytze and Saskia Stehouwer by poet/translators Joel Katz and Robert Perry. Katz, Perry and Stehouwer continued their collaboration to publish Vrije uitloop / Free range, the English translation of Saskia’s second book of poetry together with field notes, in April 2019 through Dutch Poet Press.
In that same year, Saskia published the compostable poetry book bindweefsel (connective tissue) on handmade paper from kitchen scraps and plants. The book can be thrown on the compost heap after reading so that it can return to the cycle of nature. Translation of the book is underway.
Saskia is one of the founders of de Klimaatdichters (Climate poets). Her most recent book of poetry is called wonen op de rand van het wonder (living on the edge of the miracle, Marmer 2023).