Apr
9
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / Vol.3, No.8: Animals

  • Mezrab

VERSO / is a monthly literary journal of our city’s and our world’s best editors, writers, artists, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Volume 3, "Obstacles", turns to topography in its many shapes and materials. Our eighth edition this season, "Animals", is curated by the talented Isabella Rozendaal. 

Animals and topography are linked, inextricably, by definition. The animal, evolved into its current form through the very shape of its earthly surroundings, lends an ever-recurring metaphor to the story of humanity. The animal mirror obliterates the faint, fictitious boundaries between human and nature by revealing our connection to the earth we arise from and cannot escape. In this edition of Verso, we explore the many shapes of the animal, without and within, in an attempt to map our own nature.

Editorial and photography by Isabella Rozendaal
Poetry by Nadia de Vries
Poetry by Jaap Huizing
Historical essay by Maarten van Riel
Poetry by Megan Fernandes

Doors open at 7pm. Entrance is 5 euros*. Cash and card accepted.

The Semaphore Bookstore will be open 7-10pm, featuring a range of local authors' books, second-hand treasures, and Versal.


Mar
12
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / vol.3, no.7: Meandering

VERSO / is a monthly literary journal of our city’s and our world’s best editors, writers, artists, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Volume 3, "Obstacles", turns to topography in its many shapes and materials. Our seventh edition this seasion "Meandering" is curated by Shailoh Phillips. 

Moving forward, in the attempt at a straight line. Meandering reveals the beauty of wandering. The sides are eroding, things get lost along the way. During this edition of Verso, we will be exploring the movement of words and images and erosion over time and space. 


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Editorial by Shailoh Phillips
Art by Hilde Atalanta
Words by Maxi McNaughty
Words by Lee Jing-Jing
Video performance by Kate Tempest
Live video installation by Razan Hassan


Doors open at 7pm. Entrance is 5 euros*. Cash and card accepted.

The Semaphore Bookstore will be open 7-10pm, featuring a range of local authors' books, second-hand treasures, and Versal.

Come join us!

Writers Resist: Amsterdam
Jan
15
7:00 pm19:00

Writers Resist: Amsterdam

  • Butcher's Tears

The Amsterdam edition of the global event to "re-inaugurate" our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy.

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Blood"
Jan
8
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Blood"

  • Mezrab

The first VERSO / of 2017, "Blood", is guest edited by Nadia de Vries and features Sapphire Matthews, Sam Riviere, Petros Panagiotis & Rachel-Rose O'Leary, and Sophie Collins.

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Borders"
Dec
11
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Borders"

  • Mezrab

The fourth edition of VERSO /, "Borders", is edited by Versal's own Margarita Osipian and features works from Berlin-based American poet Laressa Dickey, artist Martijn van Boven, and artist Lina Issa.

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Station"
Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Station"

  • Mezrab

STATION! Another stunning and border-crossing edition of VERSO /, guest edited by Nikki Dekker and featuring Linda Carolien Veldman, Miriam Rasch, Daan Windhorst, Quinsy Gario and Jane Yeh.

VERSO / season 3 premiere: "Font"
Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / season 3 premiere: "Font"

  • Mezrab

Amsterdam's live literary journal returns on Sunday, 11 September for its third season. Our premiere edition, "Font", is edited by Versal founder Megan M. Garr and features visiting American poet Emily Carr and Amsterdam's own Shailoh Philips and Caroline Kamya.

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Fixation vs. Void"
Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Fixation vs. Void"

  • Mezrab

A supernatural season two finale for VERSO /, Amsterdam's much-beloved lit night.

Featuring visiting US poets Lily Hoang and Laura Mullen, and Amsterdam-based Austrian artist Margret Wibmer. That's right. Lily Hoang, Laura Mullen, and Margret Wibmer. One night, one stage.

The evening is edited by Versal editor and France-based US poet Jennifer K. Dick, and Megan M. Garr will close the night and the season with an epilogue.

We can't wait to welcome you there. More...

May
27
8:30 pm20:30
May

A Negation That Wasn't Erased

  • Stichting Perdu

What we will experience, together:
A pre-recorded performance by Bhanu Kapil.
A dance performance by Miri Lee.
A communal sharing with Dania Awin, Donya Ahmadi and others.
Poems and lecture notes by Jane Lewty.

May
27
5:00 pm17:00
May

LECTURE: Iran and its four fronts: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen

  • Spui 25

The powers surrounding Iran have changed dramatically over the past years. Political confrontations, armed struggles and proxy wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen have created new opposition to “Iranian hegemony”. With Iran’s recent “nuclear deal” and the Russian intervention in Syria, it is clear that Iran is witnessing a defining moment in its history. A lecture by Ziad Majed, researcher of Middle East Studies and International Relations at the American University of Paris.

May
8
2:00 pm14:00
May

ROCK STAR MOM release party

  • Waterstones Booksellers Amsterdam

ROCK STAR MOM, written by Wendy Parnell, illustrated by Rachelle Meyer. Come to the release party on May 8th at Waterstones Booksellers Amsterdam

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Salt"
May
1
7:00 pm19:00

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Salt"

  • Mezrab

Join us for what many are calling Amsterdam's best literary event!

Our May 1st VERSO /, “Salt”, is curated by Genevieve Hudson, an American writer now based in Amsterdam. In this issue: poetry by Broc Rossell, Jennifer Nelson, and Nadia de Vries and a film screening by Italian scholar, filmmaker, and activist Silvia Radicioni.

Only two more editions are left in our second season, so don't miss out! More...

Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

Ceiling & Slippers

  • Mezrab

Ceiling and Slippers.

With the prefix “Glass” in front of both these words do they turn into a statement about women? Fact, Fiction, Myth or Folklore? Are these statements relevant today? Come and listen to storytellers that can shed some light on what this means.

Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

Twee Palestijnse Dichters

  • Perdu

Tijdens deze avond zullen Ghayath Almadhoun en Asmaa Azaizeh voordragen uit hun werk. Tevens zullen de dichters reageren op de volgende vraag: “Kan het woord Palestina in een gedicht genoemd worden zonder dat betekenissen van buitenaf zich opdringen?” Naar aanleiding van de lezingen en voordrachten gaan de dichters na de pauze in gesprek met elkaar en moderator Matthijs Ponte.

Apr
23
5:00 pm17:00

NY invites: Eugene Ostashevky

  • MixTree

Russian-born and New York-based poet Eugene Ostashevky will read his poem The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi and Essayist and editor at nY Matthijs de Ridder will read his equally marvelously absurd Dutch translation.

Apr
22
9:30 pm21:30

Conference 'Storytelling in the Digital Age'

  • Pakhuis De Zwijger

Two days of monologue and dialogue on narrative journalism in a digital age.

This year’s conference will be all about narrative journalism going digital. Journalism is about empathy – about understanding other people.

Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

Bundelpresentatie Kanonnenvlees | Stichting Perdu

  • Stichting Perdu

Lotte Dodion (1987) is dichteres en performer. Ze won heel wat literaire prijzen en verovert stormenderhand zowat poëziepodia in binnen- en buitenland. Ze stond in de finale van het Belgisch én Nederlands Kampioenschap Poetry Slam en bouwde een ijzersterke podiumreputatie op. In Kanonnenvlees verzamelt Lotte Dodion de brokstukken van een eerste schooldag, een laatste kus, een gebroken familie… en transformeert scherven tot schoonheid van de rauwere soort.

Apr
20
8:00 pm20:00

House Of Poets | Poetry Slam

  • Nieuw Rotterdams Café

House of Poets is een verzamelplek voor alle woordkunstenaars met een eigen verhaal. Bij House of Poets zijn diverse schrijfstijlen toegestaan: poëzie, kort verhaal, statements, slam gedichten of andere vormen van literaire voordracht.

Apr
19
Apr 24

Festival Cinéma Arabe 2016 | Rialto

  • Rialto

This edition Cinéma Arabe presents some 30 feature films, documentaries and short films. Stories about the aftermath of the Arab revolutions, about migration, about the position of women, but also about the power of music in times of conflict.

Apr
16
Apr 17

Things on a Table

  • Veem House of Performance

‘’Objects lie on a table. We live beside them and look at them and then they are on the table then. Objects on a table and the explanation“. Gertrude Stein (Objects lie on a table. A Play)

During the performance, musician and artist Katrin Hahner will perform Gertrude Stein’s text from the play Objects Lie On a Table by spoken word. Stein’s text evokes methods of her cubist circle, breaking language and viewpoint apart to form new compositions, bridging the space between the visual, the musical and the verbal.

Apr
15
8:00 pm20:00

Poëzie en het culturele verschil | Perdu

  • Perdu

Charl-Pierre Naudé en Lamia Makaddam zijn in Perdu te gast om te spreken over poëzie en culturele verschillen, een van de thema’s van een boek met reisessays van Erik Linder, dat zijn voltooiing nadert. Onder leiding van Joost Baars zullen Naudé, Lindner en Makaddam een gesprek voeren over de plaats die de poëzie inneemt in verschillende landen en culturen. Ook zullen in het Nederlands nog onbekende gedichten van Naudé – in een vertaling van Alfred Schaffer – worden voorgedragen.

Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Decolonize Beauty and our Bodies

  • W139

An evening on historic, (neo)colonial, capitalist constructions of beauty and how these are sustained/reinforced; a sharing of lived experiences and exchanging tips and tricks to circumnavigate the capitalist (neo)colonial cosmetic industry and reclaim our bodies from its oppressive ideal.

Apr
13
4:00 pm16:00

The Neuroscience of Creativity: Patterns vs Randomness

  • KABK I/M/D

Cognitive neuroscientist and artist Dr. Julia Uddén from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen will share her research on randomness vs. patterns in art and science in a public lecture hosted by the department of Interactive / Media / Design at the KABK.