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52e Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Poetry reading: Safia Elhillo & Aigerim Tazhi

Date
Sa June 11
21:00 - 22:00
Location
LantarenVenster 2
Poetry reading: Safia Elhillo & Aigerim Tazhi

Poetry reading: Safia Elhillo & Aigerim Tazhi

Reading by Safia Elhillo (USA) & Aigerim Tazhi (Kazachstan)

Sudanese-American poet Safia Elhillo was already making a name for herself at a young age with her spoken and written work. After a kickstart on the slam circuit her work began to appear in magazines and anthologies, including The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015) and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (2018). Her debut collection The January Children was particularly highly regarded, “a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one’s own land” (Kwame Dawes, Goodreads). This personal search for Arabicness and Africanness and exploration of the tensions caused by this linked identity in these two worlds won her the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and the Arab American Book Award. With searing clarity, Elhillo conveys a state of displacement and longing; no longer prepared to acknowledge any predefined boundaries, she navigates a newly-formed world in a...

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Sudanese-American poet Safia Elhillo was already making a name for herself at a young age with her spoken and written work. After a kickstart on the slam circuit her work began to appear in magazines and anthologies, including The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015) and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (2018). Her debut collection The January Children was particularly highly regarded, “a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one’s own land” (Kwame Dawes, Goodreads). This personal search for Arabicness and Africanness and exploration of the tensions caused by this linked identity in these two worlds won her the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and the Arab American Book Award. With searing clarity, Elhillo conveys a state of displacement and longing; no longer prepared to acknowledge any predefined boundaries, she navigates a newly-formed world in a post-colonial narrative that is terrifying, tender and challenging in equal measure. In 2018 Elhillo appeared in Forbes  Africa’s ‘30 Under 30’ list. 

Aigerim Tazhi is a Kazakh poet whose poetry impresses and will move you. She writes in Russian, the language spoken in the Kazakhstan of her youth. The profusion of images Tazhi conjures up makes her poetry a compelling call to reconsider the principles behind her world of magic. In her debut Paper-thin Skin she sketches a miraculous world that nonetheless seems to be completely watertight. However fictional characters, creatures and landscapes may be, they are photographically lifelike from head to toe, each with its own self-evident logic. Scenes of everyday domestic life metamorphose into almost unimaginable surrealism. Her poetry is thus one of twists and turns; her poems are portals to places that could be anywhere around us. Everywhere, and yet, always just out of reach. Tazhi's poetry is one of a reversal of roles, a depersonalized narrative where the author's perspective is often missing and has been exchanged for that of perception. 'Work of stunning originality' (John Butler).

Host: Hassnae Bouazza

 

Pricing

For this program you need a day ticket for Saturday 11 June or a festival passe-partout
Day ticket: 10 to 25 euro’s
Passe-partout (three days): 25 – 50 euro’s
Discounts for CJP, Student card, Rotterdampas

Language and duration

Poets will read their work in their own language. Translations in English and Dutch will be presented simultaneously through projections. 

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Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère