Philip Meersman (BE)

Multilingual poet/performer Philip Meersman pushes boundaries of poetry in both written and spoken form, drawing on current affairs, sociopolitical and environmental issues. His poems range from narrative and traditional form to directives for performance pieces, to concrete studies of sound, individual words and even letters themselves.

He performed his work on every continent (except Antarctica) and his poetry is translated into more than 15 languages.

Co-founder of several art-poetry-music-performance groups, member of the Akademia Zaum, curator of and coordinating the informal European Network of Poetry Slam Championships, attempting to co-organise an inclusive world championships slam poetry with partners worldwide.

Meersman studied Archeology and Art History in Brussels and he is currently doing a PhD in the Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp researching visual poetry, its performance strategies based upon the writings and theories of René Magritte, Velimir Chlebnikov and the Russian Cubo-Futurists. His fulltime job is as the managing director of the cultural centre CC ‘t Vondel and head of the Events administration at the city of Halle.

He published at Three Rooms Press in New York “This is Belgian Chocolate: Manifestations of Poetry”. (2014) which was well received in the US as well as in Flanders.

Earlier he published with Contrabas Uitgeverij the now sold-out “Manifest voor de Poëzie”, which also was positively received: for example at Lettergoesting and Meander Magazine.

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