Tsead Bruinja

Tsead Bruinja is a poet living in Amsterdam. He made his debut in 2000 with the Frisian-language collection entitled 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. Tsead compiles anthologies, writes critical reviews, teaches creative writing, hosts literary events and performs in the Netherlands and abroad. Hans Groenewegen writes, “Even on paper his poems remain effortlessly powerful. He does not adhere to one single form. There are long prose poems and short lyrical songs. His technique of dovetailing sentences by omitting punctuation thus realises a consistently different effect. Bruinja explores just how far he can go with associative leaps and schisms, without allowing the coherence to fail.”


Photo: Geert de Jong (Cheeseworks)