Sieger M. Geertsma, whose middle M stands for Metze, was
born on the slightly boring day of 8th December 1979.
Which, however, didn't stop him from immersing himself
in the world of poetry. In 1999 he published the vanity
press De tonen van replica (Replica tones)
and in 2000 he won the competition 'Mijn wereld in 2040'
(my world in 2040), organised by Millennium Platform and
Dutch Minister of Metropolitan Policies Roger Boxtel and
followed by a television appearance on 'Hallo 2000' (NOS,
Dutch public channel). Geertsma has performed at youth
penitentiaries, pubs and theatres, at poetry and rock
festivals. He also organises workshops and courses in
graffiti, poetry and rap and often collaborates with rappers,
hip-hop artists and break dancers. He recently graduated
from the Groningen art college Minerva.
His poetry has been included in the anthology Vanuit
(Out of the Air; Passage, 2001). At Poetry
International in Rotterdam in 2002, he was the Dutch
participant in the international Poetry Slam. In November
2002 his official debut Straatvluchter (Street
Dodger) was published with Passage, subsequently nominated
for the C. Buddingh' Prize 2003.
Until recently he formed the multimedia group Gewassen
(with Tsead Bruinja, Alan
D. Joseph, Michiel
Rasker ans Raoul Thepen), which performed a mix of
poetry, rap, music and projected animations. They took
to the stage at the Noorderzon festival 2001 and the Literary
Festival De Wintertuin 2001. This collective was awarded
the Hendrik de Vries stipend 2002.
Sieger M. Geertsma (right) and Michiel Rasker in the
entrance hall 'club
for international popunderground' Vera, Groningen,
© Bart FM Droog, 2002
In the extensive anthology Dutch
Poetry of the 19th, 20th and 21st Century in over 2000
poems (Bert Bakker, Amsterdam, 2004) editor Gerrit
Komrij has included one of his poems.
Visit his own site www.siegermg.nl
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