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On Sunday 16 May 2021 the Amsterdam public library (Openbare Bibiliotheek Amsterdam aka OBA) presents its monthly poetry programme, curated and hosted by Ineke Holzhaus. Holzhaus interviews Rozalie Hirs about her new poetry book, forthcoming at the renowned Amsterdam-based publisher Uitgeverij Querido. In addition the poet reads from the new […]
From 19 until 22 November 2020 the ZEBRA poetry film festival 2020 was planned to take place at Haus für Poesie, Berlin, Germany. Due to the Corona pandemic the entire festival has moved online and is extended until 21 December 2020. The festival’s official selection can be watched through Zebra’s […]
1 August 2020. Stranger things have happened. My sixth poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (further particulars, 2017) has been nominated for the triennial Karel van de Woestijne poetry prize (2017-2020), issued by Sint-Martens-Latem, East Flanders, Belgium. Below is the corresponding trailer devised at the kind request of Sint-Martens-Latem. I selected the […]
On 15 January 2020 from 12:30 until 14:30 CET Rozalie Hirs presents a lecture on her poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (further particulars; Amsterdam: Querido| Singel Uitgeverijen, 2017) and music and/or digital, interactive applications. The lecture is interlaced with a poetry reading by Rozalie and followed by a discussion with the students.
On 19 November 2019 from 14:00-15:50 EST Rozalie Hirs gives at talk to the Creative Writing class of professor Christian Hawkey at Pratt Institute, New York. Topics include the influence and the use of multilingualism, music, and digital media in her writing. And the influence of poetry on her music. […]
Nous vous invitons cordialement à notre prochaine matinée à la Maison Van Doesburg à Meudon, ‘Open Saturday III – Poetry’, le samedi 5 octobre 2019 à 16h00. Notre invité d’honneur Jaap Blonk performera ses propres oeuvres musicales et poétiques, ainsi que des poèmes de I.K. Bonset (pseudonyme de Theo Van Doesburg). Ensuite, Rozalie Hirs donnera une lecture performative de ses poèmes en néerlandais, en alternance avec Kim Andringa qui lira ses traductions françaises. Le programme sera clôturé par Daniel Cunin qui lira Coups de cœur et coups de foudre selon Theo van Doesburg, ainsi que ses traductions françaises. Nous vous offrons ensuite le verre de l’amitié.
You are cordially invited to our next afternoon salon at Van Doesburg House ‘Open Saturday III – Poetry’ on Saturday 5 October 2019 at 16:00 CET. Guest-of-honour Jaap Blonk performs his own musical and poetic works, as well as poems by I.K. Bonset (pseudonym of Theo Van Doesburg). In addition, Rozalie Hirs performs her poems in Dutch, interlaced with Kim Andringa’s reading of her French translations. The event is closed by Daniel Cunin with the lecture Coups de cœur et coups de foudre selon Theo van Doesburg, interlaced with a reading of his French translations. Afterwards we serve a glass of wine.
On Sunday 9 June 2019 at 15:30 CET Margot Dijkgraaf interiews the poets Simone Atangana Bekono, Rozalie Hirs, Hester Knibbe, and translator and Jan Mysjkin during Phares du Nord #10. In addition Atangana Bekono, Hirs, Knibbe and their translators Kim Andringa and Jan Mysjkin also read their poems in Dutch and French. This event is part of the 37th Marché de la Poésie, supported by the Netherlands Foundation for Literature.
On 27 April 2019 at 12:00 (noon) Rozalie Hirs is presenting a poetry performance/ lecture at the Public Library in San Francisco, California, United States. The event takes place during the National Poetry Month. Rozalie talks about intermedial aspects of her poetry and music, followed by a poetry reading and […]
From 2 until 7 April 2019 Rozalie Hirs is a guest poet at the World Poetry Festival/ Mundial Poético de Montevideo, Uruguay, along with following poets from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, France, Haïti, México, and Perú: Fernando Noy, Claudia Masín, Julia Magistratti, Pedro Tostes, Amora Pera, Pedro Lago, Pedro Rocha, Tálata […]
Montevideo, Uruguay, 23 March 2019. Rozalie Hirs’ first full length poetry collection in Spanish ahora es una rosa (2019) has just come out. Diego Puls translated Hirs’ poems into Spanish. Publisher Gustavo Wojciechowski has designed the book appearing with Yauguru Books, Montevideo, Uruguay. The book contains an essay by Hirs […]
On Friday 8 February 2019 the Amsterdam public library (Openbare Bibiliotheek Amsterdam aka OBA) celebrates its 100th anniversary with a Silent Poetry programme. From 17:00 CET onwards small groups of selected guests attend live poetry readings by four Amsterdam-based poets: Mireille Buldeo Rai, Rozalie Hirs, Smita James, and Ted van […]
On 16 January 2019 from 12:30 until 14:30 Rozalie Hirs presents a lecture on her poetry book gestamelde werken (work in stuttering; Amsterdam: Querido|Singeluitvergerijen, 2012), and digital and interactive applications of her poetry at the University of Utrecht/ Teachers College (Hogeschool Utrecht/ Lerarenopleiding Nederlands), Utrecht, The Netherlands. The lecture is […]
On 13 January 2019 the independent bookshop Schimmelpennink, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, presents a new edition of its famous literary salon, featuring live readings and interviews. Today’s guests are the poets Hannah van Binsbergen and Rozalie Hirs and the writer/ photographer Hans Aarsman. Karin van As acts as host of the […]
dreams of airs (2017-18) is a cycle of poetry and music by Rozalie Hirs. Its sound world features eight musicians, a singer who speaks, and electronic sounds. The new full-length composition by the Netherlands-based composer/ poet Rozalie Hirs offers a unique listening experience. The listener is guided through mesmerizing accelerandos and rallentandos in a lounge-like environment. The combination of spoken word, music, and visuals serves to stimulate various senses at once. The visual artists Boris Tellegen and Geert Jan Mulder designed a live video installation for the performance. The duration of the performance is around 60 minutes.
On 18 February 2018 the exhibition The fly on the rose prevents us with brandnew works by visual artists Kars Persoon and Omar Koubaa is opened at Gallery Dom’arte at Rucphen near Roosendaal, The Netherlands. During the opening Timon Persoon performs music with his band The Visual, and Rozalie Hirs […]
On 15 December 2017 at 20:30 CET the Amsterdam-based experimental poetry venue Perdu presents the first installment of a series of evenings Toren van Babel/ Diapason around the phenomenon of multilingualism in contemporary poetry. The evenings are curated by Lucie Fortuin, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling (Avondenredactie/ director of Perdu). […]
14 December 2017. The new december issue 6/2017 of the poetry magazine Poëziekrant features an interview with Rozalie Hirs by Johan de Boose on ways of writing, ideas on poetry, as well as her brandnew book verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Querido, 2017). The accompanying portrait photograph by Bianca Sistermans serves […]
On 10 December 2017 at 15:00 Nieuwe Noten, curated by Fie Schouten, presents the third concert of its opening season, featuring the musicians Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Jelte Althuis (bass clarinet), Ryoko Imai (percussion), and Rie Wanatebe (percussion). Rozalie Hirs interlaces their music performances with readings from her brandnew poetry […]
On 23 November 2017 at 17:00 CET the poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Querido; 2017) by Rozalie Hirs will be presented to the public at the independent literary Athenaeum bookshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Rozalie reads a few poems from the new volume. With additional performances by her admired colleagues […]
On Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 12:30 CET Rozalie Hirs is guest poet during the event Dichters van geluk in Groningen. Rozalie reads from her forthcoming poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Querido, 2017). In addition her colleague Rense Sinkgraven interviews Hirs about the creative process and happiness. The event takes […]
At the invitation of Joost Baars, the poets Edwin Fagel, Willem Jan Otten, and Rozalie Hirs perform alongside him during Geestdrift Festival at Geertekerk, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 28 October 2017. Geestdrift is a festival around theological themes with lectures, readings, literature, visual arts, and music. This year’s theme concerns […]
On 17 October 2017 at Ausland, Berlin, the Danish poet Mette Moestrup and the Dutch poet Rozalie Hirs present the book launches of their respective poetry books Stirb, Lüge, Stirb, and gestammelte werke, both published this year by kookbooks, Berlin. During this evening the multilingual poetry book gestammelte werke (2017) […]
From 7 August until 7 September 2017 Rozalie Hirs is Composer-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest artist colony in the United States, founded in 1907. During her time at MacDowell she will be working on new compositions and poems. The picture below shows the founder Marian […]
1 July 2017. gestammelte werke, the brandnew poetry compendium by Rozalie Hirs, is now published by kookbooks, Berlin. The poems are selected by its publisher Daniela Seel from Hirs’ five most recent poetry books: Speling (Amsterdam: Querido, 2005), Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008), gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012), Curvices and Musicles […]
On 20 February 2015, Marieke Franssen (flute), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Christian Karlsen (conductor), and Arne Bock (sound diffusion in the hall) perform four compositions by composer-poet Rozalie Hirs at Ostadetheater, Amsterdam. Furthermore on the program are several works for spoken voice and soundtrack by Hirs, […]
On February 28, 2013, at 19:30, Rozalie Hirs gives a talk at the Walter Maas Huis (formerly Huize Gaudeamus) in Bilthoven, discussing her poetry and her music, followed by a reception. She talks about the creative process, focusing on the compositions Roseherte (2008), Zenit (2010) and Arbre généalogique (2011). Additionally, […]
On 17 November 2012 gestamelde werken online (2012) is launched: an interactive, digital poetry website based on six poems/ cycles from the collection gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012) by Rozalie Hirs. Concept, design and programming by Ines Cox & Lauren Grusenmeyer. The Belgian design duo Ines Cox & Lauren Grusenmeyer […]
On Tuesday 16 October 2012 the publication A global visuage (Vienna: edition ch, 2012), containing visual poetry from all over the world, is presented to the public at Last Chance Saloon, Forum Stadtpark, Saloon, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz, Vienna. The accompanying exhibition will travel to galleries around Europe during the […]
On 19 September 2012 the fifth poetry collection by Rozalie Hirs, gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012; ontwerp: Michaël Snitker) has its book launch party at Van Rossum bookshop, Amsterdam. With performances by Sasja Jansen, Anneke Brassinga, Frank Keizer, Jaap Blonk, and Rozalie Hirs. Querido editor Mirjam van Hengel presents the […]
On 2 February 2 2012 at 20:00 the anthology Poètes Néerlandais de la Modernité (Paris: Le Temps des Cerises, 2012), compiled by Henri Deluy, is launched. Thomas Möhlmann introduces the program, after which the poets Erik Lindner, Anneke Brassinga, Saskia de Jong, Rozalie Hirs, and the translators Henri Deluy and […]
From 23 August until 19 September 2010 Rozalie Hirs is Writer-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute in Athens (NIA), Greece. During her residency she works on new poems for the forthcoming book gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Querido, 2012), more specifically on the new poetry cycle die ‘deed mijn schoenen aan’ (‘who […]
On 8 April 2009, from 17:00 to 19:00 the Belgian radio channel, Radio Centraal presents a radio portrait of Rozalie Hirs. Presenter and curator of the radio show is Rudi Claessens, who also recites a number of Hirs’s poems. programme Book of Mirrors (2001) ‘Levensloop’ (2003), Geluksbrenger, (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008) […]
On 27 November 2008 Mirjam van Hengel, poetry editor of Uitgeverij Querido, presents the first copy of Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008) to its poet Rozalie Hirs. In addition, there are performances by Jaap Blonk, Geert Buelens, Rozalie Hirs, and the Jackson Mac Low Band. The launch party takes place at […]
“The musical poetry of Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, The Netherlands, 2008) by Rozalie Hirs is constructed along the line of a ‘counterpoint’. Within a poem, Hirs seems to be stacking different poems on top of each other, processing them, splicing them, mixing them, shaking them, letting them flow into one another. And this is one single motion. In one breath. In sustained breath.” (Alain Delmotte, Poëzierapport)
On 15 June 2008 the Dutch soprano Irene Maessen performs two concerts as part of Wendingen Festival at the Bijbels Museum (The Bible Museum), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The concerts feature the music composition article 5 [dolpin, curved time] (2008) by Rozalie Hirs. The piece is based on Rozalie’s poem ‘Tuimelaar’ […]
On 14 June 2008 the Dutch soprano Irene Maessen presents the world premiere of music composition article 5 [dolpin, curved time] (2008) by Rozalie Hirs. Maessen sings the composition twice that day, at 13:00 and 14:00 resepctively. The concerts are part of Wendingen Festival at the Bijbels Museum (The Bible […]
Logos interactive website (map: Noëlle von Eugen; design, programming in Flash: Matt Lee; poetry: Rozalie Hirs; 2002) was the first interactive online website of a full length Dutch poetry book. Available online September 2003 – November 2012. Available for download now as a standalone digital application [Mac OsX].