(1967) was born in The Netherlands. In 2008 she published Zoutrif, a hybrid literary work detailing Curacao's past and present while focusing on the history of one colonial plantation: Rif St. Marie. In addition to archival research for this work, Sluis traced and interviewed Curaçaoans whose roots go back to this plantation. She highlights, among others, villagers, a baker, a consultant and a former prime-minister. Sluis has been active in the Caribbean region as a journalist since 1997, including foreign correspondence positions for Dutch media outlets, such as NOS News and NRC/Handelsblad. In 2004 she made her debut with De Antillen bestaan niet (The Antilles don't exist) and in 2010, one month after the official dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles, she published Een koloniale speeltuin (A Colonial Playground). Sluis studied Media & Colonialism at UC Berkeley and lives and works in Curaçao.
Archive available for: Miriam Sluis
An evening with storytelling, writers conversations and readings. The evening opens with storyteller Sheila Payne. Then Mario Kleinmoedig will moderate to talks with writers on the theme 'The Power of Memory'. Helon Habila (Nigeria/USA) and David van Reybrouck (Belgie), author of 'Congo, A History', will meet Miriam Sluis, who published several books on the history of the Dutch Caribean. The second talk brings together the Curaçao poet Richenel (Muz) Ansano, the Dutch/Iraqi poet Rodaan Al Galidi and writer Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe. There is live music by Rhazul and his Group. All talks are in English.