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4 Poetry International festival poets
Sonia Bueno
(Spain, 1976)
By James Womack Sonia Bueno was born in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, and studied English Literature and Literary Theory at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She is a trained sommelier, and runs a wine bar in the centre of Madrid. She is a member of the poetic collective Lavarca Ebria, which investigates the limits of the word and the relation of poetry to other art-forms such as dance or photography. Bueno has published two collections: Retales (2011, winner of the 1st International Poetry Prize from the Fundación Centro de Poesía José Hierro), and …

Gihan Omar
(Egypt, 1971)
By Kees Nijland Gihan Omar, whose first name means "world" and "universe", was born in 1971 in Egypt. She studied philosophy at the University of Cairo and graduated with a thesis about Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals.

Patricia Lockwood
(USA, 1982)
By Evi Hoste Patricia Lockwood (Fort Wayne, Indiana) grew up under extraordinary circumstances: her father started his career in the navy, working aboard a nuclear submarine during the Cold War, but later in life converted to Catholicism, eventually becoming a priest. As she was raised in an Ohio Catholic rectory, this gave her plenty of material for her immensely successful memoir, Priestdaddy, which appeared in 2017 and was quickly declared one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. She married at 21 and spent her time writing instead of going to college, making her …

Nachoem M. Wijnberg
(The Netherlands, 1961)
By Poetry International One ought to be able to say of a poem: it begins well but by line seven it becomes a false claim – according to Nachoem M. Wijnberg, one of the Netherlands’ preeminent living poets. He also once said that a child of twelve could understand his poems. Correspondingly, in his phrasing, he seeks clarity and validity. Perhaps this evokes ideas of simplicity and straightforwardness, but that is not the case: opinions are seldom as diverse as those concerning this oeuvre. The vast majority of poetry lovers agree that Wijnberg writes brilliant, powerful poems, but what are they …


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