Ester Naomi Perquin

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Statement & Legal Activities

Statement I wasn’t there that night. And if I was, I didn’t know. Not that they were drinking, you hear things sometimes, it’s only now I realize they did so... Read more
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Table Talk

Table Talk (consisting of three poems) 1 When people talk about people they say ‘they’. They do it over the starters. You’re sitting between them and nod no... Read more
Ester Naomi Perquin

Ester Naomi Perquin

Ester Naomi Perquin is a prize-winning Dutch poet and author of several poetry collections. She is the Poet Laureate for the Netherlands. She put herself through creative writing school by working as a prison guard for four years and draws on this experience often in her work. Perquin published her first collection of poetry Napkins at Half-Mast (2007) at the age of twenty-seven and has published two more collections since: In the Name of the other (2009) and Cell Inspections (2012). Her fourth collection Multiple Absence will be published this year. She won the Netherlands' most prestigious prize for a single collection, the VSB Poetry Prize, for Cell Inspections. Besides poetry, Perquin writes essays, short stories, columns and articles for newspapers and magazines, gives workshops and masterclasses, and co-hosts a national arts and culture radio show. She was also the appointed city poet for Rotterdam - a position she held for two years.