Dean Bowen, Frank Keizer, Simone Atangana Bekono

Poesiefestival Berlin

5-11 June 2020

Dutch poets Dean Bowen, Frank Keizer and Simone Atangana Bekono will perform at this years online edition of the Poesiefestival Berlin: a programme of audio and video recordings, performances and music, celebrating poetry from around the planet. Together with 150 artists from all over the world they contribute to the programme, turning their living space within their own four walls into their stage.

Dutch poets Dean Bowen and Frank Keizer will take part in ‘Poetry and Activism’ on Thursday June 11. Dean Bowen will also contribute to ‘Superpowerpoetry: Spoken Word meets Slam Poetry meets Hip-hop’ on Wednesday June 10. Simone Atangana Bekono will take part in ‘Die Unerhörte Poesie’ on Monday June 8. All performances can be found in the Medialibrary afterwards.

The live streams will be shown free of charge on the festival site, Facebook and YouTube. Donations are welcome.

from left to right: Dean Bowen, photo: © Irwan Droog. Frank Keizer, photo: © Koen Broos. Simono Atangana Bekono, photo: © Masha Bakker.

Dean Bowen

Dean Bowen is a poet, performer and psychonaut. He examines the dynamics of the composite identity and how this relates to a political and social positioning of the self. His debut Bokman was published in 2018 and was nominated for the C. Buddingh’-prize for the best debut of the year. Last year, Dean Bowen was a resident at the Deltaworkers residence in New Orleans as part of the Wanderlust-programme of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Frank Keizer

Frank Keizer has written two chapbooks an two volumes of poetry. He debuted in 2012 with the chapbook Dear world, fuck off, I’m going to play golf, in which an I-figure finds himself situated in a completely privatised present. His first print collection, Under Normal Circumstances, was published in 2015. His poems have been translated into numerous languages, among which English, French, and Romanian. He performed at festivals all over the world.

Simone Atangana Bekono

Simone Atangana Bekono writes prose and poetry. In her work, she reflects on identity and what it means to be female and to be black. She debuted in 2016 with Hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren (How the First Sparks Became Visible, 2017), which was awarded the Poetry Debut Prize Aan Zee in 2018. This collection will be published in English at The Emma Press later this year.

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