Ester Naomi Perquin (Utrecht, 1980) attended creative writing classes in Amsterdam and worked as a prison guard to finance her studies. Her debut volume, Servetten halfstok (Napkins At Half Mast), appeared in 2007 and was followed in 2009 by the collection Namens de ander (On Behalf of the Other). Perquin is a host for the VPRO radio show Nooit Meer Slapen (Never Sleep Again). In 2011 she was appointed Rotterdam’s poet laureate. She has received a number of prizes for her work, including the prestigious VSB Poetry Prize for best collection of the year for her third volume, Celinspecties (Cellinspections), published in 2012. In 2017, shortly after publishing her latest collection Meervoudig afwezig (Multiple Absences), Ester Naomi Perquin became the Dutch Poet Laureate. The Hunger in Plain View, her first collection in English, was recently published by White Pine Press (USA).
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