Ester Naomi Perquin

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

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 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.