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UG Poet-in-residence

In 2000, the University of Groningen became the first university in the Netherlands to appoint a poet-in-residence. No other higher education institution in the Netherlands at that time had a comparable honorary position. In the two decades since then, many universities have followed Groningen’s example.

Activities of the Poet-in-residence

Every student at the University of Groningen can apply for the position of poet-in-residence by submitting five poems and a letter of motivation. A professional jury selects the poet-in-residence each year. The poet-in-residence then starts off their year by reading the winning poem aloud during the opening of the academic year. During the academic year, the poet-in-residence writes a poem a month that is published on the University website. Students of the Academy of Arts, Minerva make an animation with each poem. The poet-in-residence also performs on numerous occasions. At the end of the year, the poet-in-residence says farewell with a final project and naturally a collection of the poetic results of the year.

Sofia Manouki, photo: Reyer Boxem
Sofia Manouki, photo: Reyer Boxem

Poet-in-residence 2018-2019: Sofia Manouki

Sofia Manouki is the UG’s nineteenth poet-in-residence and the first international student in this position..The master student of Religion, Conflict and Globalisation impressed the jury with her bold and powerful poems: ‘The verses seem to jump off the paper and keep us thinking, long after one has finished reading them.’

Sofia Manouki grew up in Athens and is of mixed race – half Greek and half Japanese -, so she is bilingual from an early age. While studying at the American college of Greece, she had the opportunity to pursue her interest in American and British literature and realize that vast literary wealth can be unlocked by learning foreign languages. She started writing prose and was able to win the first price for short-stories in English in high school magazine competition twice. Only this year she discovered she wanted to write poetry. ‘It’s a pity it took me this long, because poetry is the quickest, most direct way to strike someone with your truth.’

List of previous poets-in-residence and collections

2000-2001: Daniel Dee and Petra Else Jekel, Dubbelblind
2001-2002: Gertjan Laan, Badans
2002-2003: Guido van der Wolk, Klinkende Klanken
2003-2004: Annelieke van Mens, S1005049
2004-2005: Veerle Vroon, Kortsluiting
2005-2006: Jurre van den Berg, Avondkikkers
2006-2007: Ruth Koops van ’t Jagt, Juttersgeluk
2007-2008: Menno de Block, Zoetwaterwoorden
2008-2009: Machteld Brands, Drift
2009-2010: Sacha Landkroon, IKS
2010-2011: Joost Oomen, Vliegenierswonden
2011-2012: Jet Langerak, Roes
2012-2013: Pauline Sparreboom, Oceaankorrels
2013-2014: Lilian Zielstra, Specimen
2014-2015: Jeptha de Visser, Verschijnselen
2015-2016: Philip Rozema, Te Ruime Ruimte
2016-2017: Esmé van den Boom
2017-2018: Rachel Raetzer, Boven in de boom

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