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Reading at Festival de Poesía (Granada Nicaragua)

Tsead Bruinja is a Dutch poet who writes both in Frisian and Dutch. He made his debut in 2000 with the Frisian language collection called De wizers yn it read (The meters in the red). Bruinja’s debut in the Dutch language, Dat het zo hoorde (The way it should sound), was published in 2003, and was nominated for the Jo Peters Poetry Prize the following year.

Bruinja compiles anthologies, writes critical reviews, hosts literary events, teaches Creative Writing at the Art Academy Artez in Arnhem and performs in the Netherlands and abroad, often with musician Jaap van Keulen and occasionally with the flamenco dancer Tanja van Susteren.

Translations of Bruinja’s work have been published on the websites of Poetry International and Lyrikline and in several international magazines, such as Atlas (India/UK), Action Poétique (France), Mantis (USA) and Mentor (Slovenia). Tsead

Bruinja has read his work at the following international festivals: De Nachten (Antwerp, Belgium), Zuiderzinnen (Antwerp, Belgium), The Stanza Festival (St. Andrews, Scotland), Leipzich Book Fair (Leipzich, Germany), Poetry on the Road (Bremen, Germany), The Struga Poetry Festival (Struga, Macedonia), The International Poetry Festival (Palembang & Jakarta, Indonesia), Festival Internacional de Poesia de Granada (Granada, Nicaragua) The Hifa festival (Harare, Zimbabwe), The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival and The Fermoy International Poetry Festival (Irenland).

The Dutch Foundation For Literature issued
two dossiers, containing a biography
and translations of some poems.

You can read the English version here
and the German version here.



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