Tonnus Oosterhoff

(Netherlands, 1953)

A prominent Dutch poet, Tonnus Oosterhoff (Leiden, 1953) was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize for ‘his highly innovative poetry’ in 2012. He received the C. Buddingh’ Prize for his debut, Boerentijger (Farm tiger), in 1990. Since then, he has published many collections of poems and stories and received multiple awards (such as the Herman Gorter, Jan Campert, VSB and Guido Gezelle Prizes). His poems emerge from a variety of source materials, from local anecdotes to canonized poems, and are known for ingeniously switching between the well-established and the transitive. As a pioneer in digital poetics, Oosterhoff has produced a significant body of onscreen poems. In 2001, he launched, serving as a platform where his regularly updated ‘moving poems’ appear.

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