The 46th Poetry International Festival
Togara Muzanenhamo
(Zambia, 1975)
by Jabik Veenbaas Togara Muzanenhamo was born in the Zambian city of Lusaka and spent his childhood on a farm in Zimbabwe. He studied business administration in Paris and The Hague. He returned to Zimbabwe after graduation and worked first as a journalist before joining an organization that produces African film scripts. In 2001, he moved to Manchester to specialize in creative writing at the university. His poems have appeared in many magazines. His first collection, Spirit Brides, was published in 2006 by Carcanet Press and reached the shortlist of the Jerwood Anderson First Collection Prize. His …

Harkaitz Cano
(Spain, 1975)
by Luk Van Mensel Harkaitz Cano (Lasarte, 1975) studied law at the University of the Basque Country. He debuted at age 19 with the collection Kea behelainopean bezala (Like smoke in low-hanging mist). A former member of the poetry collective ‘Lubaki …

Philip Nikolayev
(Russian Federation, 1966)
by Jabik Veenbaas Philip Nikolayev was born in Moscow and spent his childhood in Russia and Moldavia. He grew up bilingual, speaking both English and Russian. In 1990, he immigrated to the United States where he currently lives, in Cambridge, Mass. He has published …

Jen Hadfield
(United Kingdom, 1978)
by Han van der Vegt Nothing is permanent in the poetry of Jen Hadfield (‘I don’t know what it is / about this place that things / metaflower so readily / into their present selves’). With a meticulous, sober gaze, she watches how everything around …

Els Moors
(Belgium, 1976)
by Anneleen De Coux With her 2006 debut, Er hangt een hoge lucht boven ons (There is a tall sky above us), Els Moors, the first young Flemish poet for a long time, received a warm welcome from both Flemish and Dutch critics. The book was nominated for the C. …

Kenneth Goldsmith
(USA, 1961)
by Jan Baeke Kenneth Goldsmith (1961) started out as an artist, but inspired by various avant-garde movements in both art and literature (much of whose work he brought together on the website UbuWeb), he developed into a writer capable of creating a ruckus …

Tonnus Oosterhoff
(Netherlands, 1953)
by Karlien van den Beukel The son of a rural hospital chaplain, Tonnus Oosterhoff studied at the University of Groningen. Recognized as a leading contemporary poet in the Netherlands, Oosterhoff lives in the remote northern flatlands where he writes with a view of ‘a …

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