Netherlands
Erik Lindner
Netherlands
Erik Lindner was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, on the 3d of May 1968. He debuted with his poetry book Tramontane (Perdu) 1996 and has since published three collections of poetry with De Bezige Bij: Tong en trede (‘Tongue and thread’, 2000), Tafel (‘Table’, 2004) and Terrein (‘Terrain’, 2010). Erik Lindner works as a freelancer writer and is based in Amsterdam. He is the founder of Terras, the Dutch-language magazine for international literature, as well as an essayist, teacher and a litterary critic. In 2013 his debut novel Naar Whitebridge (‘To Whitebridge’) appeared and in 2014 Acedia, an anthology  from his first four books of poetry with extra new poems. Lindner stayed one year in Berlin with the Artist-in-Berlin programme of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Services). His poetry books have been published in translation in French, German and Italian. In his poetry Erik Lindner often takes everyday reality as his starting point, then applies small and subtle shifts, in order to highlight uncomfortable and absurdist aspects of daily images. His work is simultaneously clear and enigmatic, tranquil and precise; his style parlando, self-evident. “Lindner succeeds not only to alter our patterns of speech and persception, he also sharpens our senses for what is possible.” (Nico Bleutge, Süddeutsche Zeitung)