Lies Van Gasse

Lies Van Gasse

Lies van Gasse (1983), is dichter, beeldend kunstenaar en leraar. Ze schreef de bundels Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer, Brak de waterdrager en Wenteling. Met Brak de waterdrager won ze de prijs van de provincie Oost-Vlaanderen voor poëzie, met Wenteling werd ze genomineerd voor de Pernathprijs.Van Gasse profileert zich ook met mengvormen van poëzie en beeld. Zo verraste ze met de graphic poems Sylvia en Waterdicht (i.s.m. Peter Theunynck) ,waarvan de tekeningen werden getoond op Watou 2011, en schreef ze met Annemarie Estor aan het multimediale epos Hauser. Met muzikanten Michaël Brijs en Han Swolfs trad ze op in het totaalproject Electric Sheep.

Lies Van Gasse made her debut in 2008 with the collection Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer (The Same Poem Over and Over Again), which immediately captured the attention of readers and critics. Trained as an artist, Van Gasse often collaborates on art and poetry projects. She also creates her own combinations of text and image, in what she calls “graphic poems”.With Annemarie Estor, Van Gasse developed a project based on the story of Kaspar Hauser. As part of their collaborative procedure, each week Estor and Van Gasse wrote an illustrated postcard to each other on which they wrote a new stanza. They also invited other writers to contribute to the ever-evolving story. The project has been collected and published as The Book of Hauser. Van Gasse’s most recent poetry collection is Wenteling (Revolution).Struggle is the main subject of most poems in Wenteling, whether it is the struggle between two people in a relationship; the struggle of an individual to establish a self in relation to idealized images, dreams and desires of others; or the struggle of the poet with the pen and blank paper. A sense of loss looms in every poem, although sometimes irony and humor soften this melancholic tone.