(1984) calls himself a poet, performer and psychonaut. His work looks primarily at the relationship of people's identity to society. "I don't write. I channel a language drifting in the ether and put it on paper in order to then send it into space", according to his website. And he does it with verve. His strong recitation won him the first Van Dale SPOKEN Award in the poetry category. He also appeared at Poetry International. He has published poems on the online platforms SampleKanon and Hard//Hoofd and in magazines such as nY and Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen. He gives poetry worshops in high schools. In his eyes, poetry is a wonderful instrument to create bonds and can even have healing effects. Bowen is an editor with Perdu and a member of the recently formed writers' collective Wakkerlicht, which writes and performs poetry.(2017)
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How can literature challenge language? Besides Mandarin and Spanish, English is the most-spoken language in the world. It is a language of power, of mass culture, of imperialism and domination, but also a language expressing solidarity, activism and understanding, in which the underpinnings of power can be attacked: a language of the majority full of minority languages.
What is the role of English in the poetry being written in the Netherlands and Belgium? Writers Unlimited put this question to eight young poets writing in English, in Dutch, in Dutch as well as English, who write multilingual poetry, who live in the Netherlands and Belgium, who were born 'here' or not.
What is the status of English in their poetry? Each has written a new poem especially for the festival: Veva Leye, Dean Bowen, Nam Chi Nguyen, Samira Saleh, Mia You en Caglar Koseoglu; also Joost Baars and Charlotte Van den Broeck, both nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize 2018, take part and react with their work. The VSB Poetry Prize 2018 will be awarded shortly after the Festival, on Thursday, 25 January, at the Diligentia Theatre in The Hague.