Babs Gons | Writer in Residence
Spoken word is the favourite literary form of Free Writer Babs Gons. She also writes short stories, articles and columns. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and has received many awards. In her Abraham Kuyper Lecture, titled Ik draag mijn tong in mijn borst, she interprets contemporary spoken word poetry, with special attention for the social role of this genre. She published an anthology of Spoken Word texts under the title Hardop. Recently she published Doe het toch maar with her own texts.
Marjolein Moorman | Alderman for Education, Poverty and Integration
For Marjolein Moorman, equality of opportunity is the main motive for being politically active. As alderman for Education, Poverty and Integration, she wants to invest more in good education for children who need it most.
Wim Manuhutu | Historian and heritage expert
Wim Manuhutu is a part-time lecturer in political history at VU University Amsterdam since 2019. He is involved in several initiatives aimed at a critical examination of the colonial past and its aftermath in today's Dutch society.
Shishani | Musician
Shishani means ‘crown’ in one of Namibia's native languages. She is a uniquely versatile artist whose music transcends genres and cultures. Shishani is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter loved for her soothing and powerful voice.
Onias Landveld | Spoken Word artist
Onias Landveld is a writer, voice-over actor, storyteller, spoken word artist and the former city poet of Tilburg. In 2015, he won the Van Dale Spoken Award for Storytelling. Since then he has been giving workshops in spoken word and (corporate) Storytelling. The latter he teaches at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, but also at companies and institutions.
Onias was born in Suriname, but fled the country because of a civil war in 1989. After a brief return to Suriname in 1992, he has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1998.
Rachel Diaz | Spoken word artist
Rachel Rumai Diaz is a writer, poet, performance artist and programmer. She is also the founder of the feminist literary festival Zus en Zo, a platform that focuses on intersectionality and modern sisterhood. Her goal is to introduce youth and young adults to word art in a non-traditional way.
Kila van der Starre
Kila van der Starre is a literary theorist and a Dutch Language Specialist (University of Utrecht) and works as a freelance academic and poetry critic. "In my research, I focus on the use and meaning of poetry in everyday life. I am interested in the way people use and circulate poetry outside the book."