"If you can’t be free, be a mystery"

Poet

Rita Dove [United States, 1952]

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Nova has had a major impact on American letters, not only through the nature and quality of her work, but also by serving as an ambassador for poetry. Between 1993 and 1995 she was the youngest and first-ever Black poet to be US Poet Laureate, a role she used to draw attention to the diversity of American poetry and literature. Her own work is lyrical while at the same time being marked by a keen historical and political consciousness. Dove teaches at the University of Virginia and is currently the poetry editor of The New York Times Magazine. Her performances at the 1989 and 1996 festivals left an indelible impression on the Poetry International audience.

READING: Saturday 15 June, 18:30 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal

Buy Tickets

Pick your favorite festival day – or days – or purchase a passe-partout so you can visit the entire festival. 

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

Join the golden anniversary’s kick off celebrations!

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FRIDAY 14 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

DAY TICKET

SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

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SUNDAY 16 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

PASSE-PARTOUT

13, 14, 15 AND 16 JUNE

Access to all festival events (with the exception of workshops)

Location

The 50th Poetry International Festival will kick-off on 13 June in the Main Auditorium of de Doelen. On 14, 15 and 16 June most events will take place in or around the Jurriaanse zaal. De Doelen is situated within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station

Entrance Main Auditorium – Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam
Entrance Jurriaanse zaal – Kruisplein 30, Rotterdam

Sponsors

Nederlands Letterenfonds
Gemeente Rotterdam
Droom en Daad
Lira Fonds
Stichting Dioraphte
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Rotterdam Festivals
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