Versal 12 release party
Jun
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Versal 12 release party

It’s here! Versal’s long-awaited print return! 

Versal 12's distinctive gallery-esque pages feature selected contributors from our first VERSO/ season, “migrations”, alongside writers and artists from around the world.

Please join us in celebrating with an evening full of music, Versal 12 cocktails and beers, stage appearances by contributors, and most importantly, limited edition copies of Versal 12 for you to take home!

With performances and live works from:

Megan M Garr
Clementine Burnley
Sahand Sahebdivani
Marly Pierre-Louis
Kate Foley
Nikki Dekker
Steve Mayers
Judy Kendall
DJ Antidote

Admission is free!

View Event →
May
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

VERSO / vol.3, no.9: Anomalous

Every second Sunday, join us in maps and legends, elevations and anatomies, fallen objects and hindrances, the celestial charts and altering seabeds.

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 9th edition this season, "Anomalous", is curated by local novelist and poet Caoilinn Hughes. 

Editorial Caoilinn Hughes
Poetry by Savannah Oliker
Animation by Aisha Madu
Fiction by Ronan Ryan
Musical essay by Emily DeDakis

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.

View Event →
Apr
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

VERSO / vol.3, no.8: Animals

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.

View Event →
Mar
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

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!

View Event →
VERSO / live jour- nal: "Fixation vs. Void"
Jun
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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...

View Event →
May
27
5:00pm 5:00pm
May

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

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.

View Event →
May
2
8:00pm 8:00pm
May

“We do not negotiate with terrorists": Perspectives on resolving conflicts with non-state actors

How should democracies negotiate with terrorists, without destabilizing its political system? What kind of terrorists are more easy to approach? When to start negotiations? Questions like these will be discussed by some experts in this lecture of May. So please join us on May 2nd at 20.00h in the CREA Theaterzaal.

View Event →
VERSO / live jour- nal: "Salt"
May
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

VERSO / live jour- nal: "Salt"

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...

View Event →
Apr
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ceiling & Slippers

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.

View Event →
Apr
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Twee Palestijnse Dichters

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.

View Event →
Apr
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bundelpresentatie Kanonnenvlees | 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.

View Event →
Apr
16
to Apr 17

Things on a Table

  • Veem House of Performance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

‘’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.

View Event →
Apr
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Poëzie en het culturele verschil | 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.

View Event →