Queer & Feminist Poetry Awards
|Datum:||27 september 2020|
Rotterdam will host the 1st Queer & Feminist Poetry Awards in the Netherlands
Rotterdam, the Netherlands— The 1st Queer & Feminist Poetry Awards will take place on September 27th and will award poets and spoken word artists from across the Netherlands whose works talk about LGBTQ+ identities and feminism.
The Awards are led by Unwanted Words, an award-winning platform for up & coming LGBTQ+ poets and is possible thanks to a series of partnerships with over 15 feminist and LGBTQ+ organizations and spoken word events including Spoken Awards, Word Up, Awesome Foundation Rotterdam, The Hang-Out 010, Dona Daria, Queer Rotterdam, WORM, Erasmus Pride, Leiden Pride and more.
"These awards are our way to celebrate and acknowledge the talent in our communities and a way to help LGBTQ+ talent open doors to bigger stages and opportunities." —said Luis Bracamontes, host and founder of Unwanted Words.
There are six categories to be selected during the awards ceremony including: Best Queer Performance, Poet of the Year and the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) Award. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Sandy Bosmans, representing Poetry Circle, the largest network of poets and spoken word artists in the Netherlands, Silvana Sodde, head of the Writer’s Guide and the Feminist Open Mic and Zaire Krieger, former TEDx Amsterdam speaker and winner of the Spoken Awards 2019.
The open call for participants to apply is live now and the deadline is the 6th of September 2020. Entry requirements and complete details are available at: https:// www.unwantedwords.com/queer-feminist-poetry-awards/
About Unwanted Words:
Unwanted Words is a non-profit, award-winning project and the first platform for up & coming queer poets and spoken word artists in Rotterdam. They organize monthly series of Queer Poetry Nights to create a safe space for queer expression and encourage all queer voices to take the mic and share their literary work. They have hosted events in collaboration with festivals such as: Queer Summer Festival Rotterdam (2019), Roffa Mon Amour Film Festival (2019), Antwerp Queer Arts Festival (2019), Rotterdam Pride (2018 & 2019) and Stukafest Rotterdam (2020). During CONFAB 2019 Unwanted Words received the award for “Best New Project” (New Kid on the Block).
About the 1st Queer & Feminist Poetry Awards:
The Queer & Feminist Poetry Awards by Unwanted Words are a moment to recognize the talent and excellence in our community. The Awards are a not-for-profit celebration of the best and most outstanding poets and spoken word artists whose works talk about topics of feminism
and the queer experience from an intersectional perspective, with a special emphasis on diverse and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) voices.
The 1st Queer & Feminist Awards is powered by Unwanted Words with the help of its partners: Hang-Out 010, Awesome Foundation Rotterdam, Dona Daria and Worm.
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