Bowen, Dean

Bowen, Dean © Irwan Droog

Dean Bowen, born in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, is a poet and performer. In addition to his writing and performing activities, he is also a literary program curator and workshop organizer and is part of several culture-related advisory committees and councils. In 2019 and 2020, Bowen was the city poet of Rotterdam. Among other books, he previously published “Bokman” (Uitgeverij Jurgen Maas 2018).

Festival Content


What Is A Poem In The Face Of A Revolution?

Großes Parkett 8/6 € Tickets



Opening your mouth means getting involved. Spoken Word is poetic, performative, political, socially engaged and artistically diverse. Over the course of two separate evenings, ten national and international poets will present their poetic work. The invited authors have written texts that bear witness to experiences of exclusion and discrimination, the struggle for sexual freedom, self-determination and climate catastrophe – or simply the search for closeness and love. Whether spoken, sung or rapped – those who speak here speak for themselves, but also for and with others. Begging the question: How can we listen to each other, learn from each other and imagine living and writing together?


Bowen, DeanÉlémoRita, ElisSabbagh, TanasgolLaFleur, Jessy James

POETRY TALK: Dean Bowen, Charlotte Van den Broeck & Tjawangwa Dema

The Weight Of Each Syllable Upon The Tongue

Clubraum 7/5 € | Tickets


Poets Dean Bowen (born 1984 in the Netherlands), Charlotte Van den Broeck (born 1991 in Belgium) and Tjawangwa Dema (born 1981 in Botswana) will read from their poems and speak with Jumoke Adeyanju about Spoken Word as a performance of sociopolitical resistance.

Bowen, DeanVan den Broeck, CharlotteDema, Tjawangwa