Ingmar Heytze writes poems for people who don’t like poetry. He works as a poet, writer, columnist, performer and presenter. On occasion, he acts as a voice over for online and radio commercials (Simyo, Meewind, Essent, Hersenbank and others). He has a monthly poetry column in Met het oog op morgen, one of the oldest and most well-known news radio shows in The Netherlands. He wrote columns, essays and articles for a large variety of Dutch magazines and daily papers, including Rails, Onze Taal, de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, Trouw and AD Utrechts Nieuwsblad. Alone or with his all star Indie-band Asfaltfeeën, he performed at festivals such as Lowlands, Dichter aan Huis, Het Tuinfeest,Poëzie in Carré (2006) and Nacht van de Poëzie, for which he also provided the line up of poets and co-presentation for several years. In 2000 he was the first resident philosopher of the Central Museum in Utrecht. From 2009 to 2011 he was the first official Utrecht City Poet. In 2008 he received the C.C.S. Crone Prize for his entire oeuvre and in 2016 the Maartenspenning from the city of Utrecht. Voor de liefste onbekende, a collection of collected poems from 1985-2015, was published in the spring of 2016. Utrecht voor beginners & gevorderden, his collected poems about Utrecht from the same period, appeared in 2017. Both collections had to be reprinted several times. His band Asfaltfeeën released their first album Zwart glimmend chroom at Excelsior Recordings. In 2021 In 2022 he made his debut as a playwright with the monologue De wanen at Theater Bellevue.
A product of culture, writing with the ease of a natural.”
“Compelling and intoxicating at the same time, a joy to read… An incredibly good performing poet.”
– Ronald Giphart
“Ingmar Heytze is single-handedly The Beatles of Dutch poetry.”
– Joost Zwagerman
- Maaike Pereboom