About us

Poetry International

About us

At Poetry International Rotterdam we are crazy about poetry, whether from the Netherlands or the world at large. This is why everything we do is geared towards sharing poetry with audiences that are as expansive and diverse as possible, and why we are dedicated to strengthening the exchange between people who write poetry, people who translate poetry, and people who enjoy poetry, both on stage and online.

Poetry International was born out of the Poetry International Festival, which has been bringing the absolute best international poets to appreciative Rotterdam crowds since 1970. The annual festival each June remains our most important activity, along with the Poetry Archives online, which collects and showcases poets and poems from around the world.

Since 1988, Poetry International has awarded the yearly C. Buddingh’ Prize for the best Dutch-language poetry debut during the Poetry International Festival. We believe one of our most important tasks is also to showcase the strength, quality, and diversity of Dutch-language poetry to readers abroad. Both Poetry Archives’ internationally edited online poetry collection and our strong ties to festivals the world over serve as key platforms in that regard.

Louder than a Bomb: Poetry in schools
In the run up to the festival, Poetry International organizes the Louder than a Bomb project (named after the inspiring film of that name) for students in secondary education, sending spoken-word coaches from Rotterdam into schools for writing and performance classes that culminate in a thrilling poetry slam finale during the festival.

Poetry Academy: Reading, writing, performing, translating poetry
Since 2017, Poetry International has its own educational arm. Poetry Academy offers to people of all ages courses, workshops, and masterclasses in writing, reading, and performing poetry. During the festival, the Academy presents workshops led by the festival’s translators in which budding translators get to work with the poets in question!

gedicht is een bericht – The poem is the message
Since 1988, the municipal road sweepers and garbage trucks of Rotterdam zip around with lines of poetry on their flanks. For over 30 years now, Poetry International and Rotterdam’s municipality have paired the festival’s poetry with the city’s refuse under the banner of “Het gedicht is een bericht” (the poem is the message, a line by local legend Jules Deelder), thus spreading poetry from countries all over the world to the farthest corners of the city.

 

Poetry International zoekt stagiair(e) programmering

Poetry International zoekt stagiair(e) programmering

Ga je graag naar festivals, houd je van taal, poëzie en spoken word, spreek je meerdere talen? Lijkt het je leuk om een bijdrage te leveren aan ons unieke internationale poëziefestival in Rotterdam, deel uit te maken van een gedreven team, veel kennis en internationale ervaring op te doen op het vlak van festivalprogrammering en -productie? Meld je dan als kandidaat-stagiair(e).

Voor de organisatie van het 51ste Poetry International Festival in juni 2020 zoekt Poetry International een enthousiaste stagiair(e) Programmering voor de periode februari t/m juni 2020. Poetry International onderschrijft de Code Diversiteit en Inclusie. 

 

New managing director and members of the board

Babeth Fotchind en Miriam Piters nieuw in bestuur

Babeth Fotchind en Miriam Piters nieuw in bestuur

Babeth Fotchind en Miriam Piters versterken met ingang van 15 januari a.s. het bestuur van Poetry International. Poetry International verwelkomt met hun aantreden twee vrouwen die weten wat er speelt op het gebied van (podium)poëzie, cultuurbeleid, educatie en talentontwikkeling en zijn ingebed in (inter)nationale en Rotterdamse netwerken. Poetry International verheugt zich op de inbreng van Fotchind en Piters in de toekomstige koers. Met hun toetreding tot het bestuur - en die van Mireille Pondman (april 2019) als secretaris en penningmeester - is het Poetry-bestuur compleet. 

Babeth Fonchie Fotchind (1993) is als juridisch adviseur verbonden aan het Ministerie van OCW. Zij werkte onder meer voor de Permanente Vertegenwoordiging van Nederland bij de Verenigde Naties en de Europese Unie. Zij is huisdichter voor online feministisch magazine Lilith Mag. Als bestuurslid van Poetry International legt Fotchind zich toe op de (internationale) letteren.

Miriam Piters (1972) is voltijds docent Nederlands op het Rotterdamse Montessori Lyceum. Piters was onder meer betrokken bij de ANV Debutantenprijs en het Beste Boek voor Jongeren. Voor literatuurweblog Tzum schrijft ze recensies. Als bestuurslid van Poetry International zal ze zich richten op jongerencultuur. 

Het bestuur van Poetry International zal per 15 januari 2020 bestaan uit Siebe Weide (voorzitter)Mireille Pondman (secretaris en penningmeester), Hans Bousie, Babeth Fotchind, Martin de Haan en Miriam Piters. 

Foto: Babeth Fotchind (links) en Miriam Piters (Han Zuyderwijk)

Inez Boogaarts nieuwe directeur Poetry International

Inez Boogaarts new managing director

It is our pleasure to announce to you that Inez Boogaarts has been appointed director of Poetry International, starting October 1st. Boogaarts is an accomplished executive with considerable experience in municipal, national and international networks, in the cultural sector as well as in a political-governmental context. At this moment, Boogaarts is director of the Zukunftsakademie NRW in Bochum, the center for cultural diversity and cultural education in the German constituent state North Rhine-Westphalia. Before that, she was director of the Rotterdam Council for Art and Culture, cultural attaché of the Dutch consulate in Düsseldorf and director of SICA, the institute for international cultural policy, precursor of Dutch Culture.

Both the board and the employees are pleased with the appointment. The appointment of Inez Boogaarts means gaining a director with a love for poetry. She is familiar with Poetry International and with the cultural landscape in Rotterdam, in our country, and across the border. We expect her to lay out a new course that will be interesting to all.

Inez Boogaarts © Tina Umlauf