In March Flemish poet Moya De Feyter will be living and working in Amsterdam as a writer-in-residence upon invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. During her residency she will be writing poems and essays for her third book, and work on a multidisciplinary project with British photographer Jeyda Yagiz. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic this residency period was a bit shorter than the intended month.
foto: © Jeyda Yagiz
Moya De Feyter (Brasschaat, 1993) is a writer of poetry, prose and theatre who studied theatre studies and literature at the University of Antwerp. She regularly performs as her alter ego Ambrosia, and with her performances she reached the Write Now! finals in both 2012 and 2017. Her debut collection of poetry, Tot iemand eindelijk (Uitgeverij Vrijdag, 2018), in which she explores the borders between illusion and reality, chronicle and fairy tale, cruelty and longing, was nominated for the Poëziedebuutprijs aan Zee. Her second volume, Massastrandingen, which followed in 2019, is a kaleidoscopic prose poem about climate, marine mammals, orange trees, tempests, and love. Because of the emphasis on the role of the individual in global issues, her work has been compared to that of acclaimed Dutch poets Maartje Smits and Lieke Marsman.
During her stay in Amsterdam, De Feyter will be working on her third book, a collection of prose poems and essays in which she will research nature religion, mythology and mysteries. Moreover, she will use a part of the residency as a workshop in which she will work together with British photographer Jeyda Yagiz on video poetry. For their current project on the poem ‘Thuis’ (‘Home’, trans. Paul Vincent), they built a dollhouse living room in the residency. De Feyter expects to finish the video during her residency.
Together with Athenaeum Bookstore De Feyter will make a podcast in which she will read from her work.
This residency is part of the annual exchange with international house of literature Passa Porta in Brussels.