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Charlotte Van den Broeck (Turnhout, Belgium, 1991) studied English and German Literature and holds a Master in Drama (Verbal Arts) at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. She has published two collections of poetry. Her debut collection ‘Chameleon’ (2015) was awarded the Herman de Coninck debut Prize for poetry. For her second collection ‘Nachtroer’(2017) she received the triannual Paul Snoek Prize for the best collection of poetry in Dutch. Her poetry has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Afrikaans, Serbian and English.

As well as publishing critically acclaimed collections she is renowned for her distinctive performances, in which she searches for a dramatic approach to the ‘speakability’ and physicality of oral poetry.

In 2016, together with author Arnon Grunberg, she was the youngest writer to hold the opening speech of the Frankfurt Book Fair. She performed at various festivals, e.g. Saint Amour (2015), Poesiefestival Berlin, Woordfees in Stellenbosch, Ledbury Poetry Festival.

In 2019 she published her prose debut ‘Waagstukken’, an essayistic quest for thirteen tragic architects, who committed suicide because of a fatal flaw in their designs. The book appeared on the Bestsellers List and was shortlisted for the Boekenbon Literature Prize.

She writes on a freelance base for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard and teaches Literary Analysis and Essayistics at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp.