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Maarten Inghels

foto Greet Jacobs
foto Greet Jacobs

(Borgerhout, 1988) was hailed by Humo as 'the most remarkable debutant in years'. In flamboyant prose poems he deals with social inconveniences of the modern age. At age 20 he made his debut with Tumult, part in a series edited by Gerrit Komrij. In his second collection of poetry Waakzaam (Watchful, March 2011) he poses critical questions about the current revolutions, crises of identity and superficiality. Inghels is initiator of Lonely Burial, a project whereby poets write a personal poem for people who died in solitude. On the website Inghels and other poets describe their inquests into the deceased and publish their poems. In addition to poetry Inghels writes columns and short stories. Since 2010 he is a curator of the Felix Poetry Festival in Antwerp. Furthermore he is an esteemed guest at literary festivals. Meanwhile his prose has been published in various anthologies and his poems have been translated into English. He is presently working on his first novel.

(WU 2012)

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  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 2

    Who's Afraid of Youth

    Pupils of Haags Montessori Lyceum and het Diamant College climb the stage and recite poems of their own. More than ten hours of poetry lessons they have behind them. Inspiration came from poet Maarten Inghels, who visited them in class and read poetry with them. Then they started working with the teachers of Huis van Gedichten. After a lot of writing, crossing out, expanding and cutting down the pupils now read their finest verse at the festival. Maarten Inghels performs with them. Host: Nicole Terborg. A programme in cooperation with Huis van Gedichten. In Dutch.