About Me

Hi, my name is Conny and I’m a poet and essayist. I also make erasure poetry with digital collage.

I’m working on a couple of different projects:

The first one is a book-long erasure poetry & collage project. The book I’m transforming is Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book. The theme of this project is life with a chronic illness.

Secondly, I’m collecting and writing poems with therapy potential. After learning about bibliotherapy and poetry therapy, I have started to read poems in a different way. I want to write more poems that can help with navigating mental health issues or difficult situations.

Finally, I’m writing some new material, but I’m not sharing this yet. It will be a collection of poetry and essays around the theme of Doggerland. (I live on the Belgian coast.)

Oh, and I also translate Flemish poetry into English sometimes.

I really have a problem just doing one thing at a time!

I’m somewhat of a late starter when it comes to writing. Growing up in a regular working class family in the Flemish coastal region of Belgium, I didn’t have access to the right support network to be able to realise my dormant literary impulses.

Later on, while living in Ireland, I became ill with a complex chronic illness. In learning to cope with this illness, I had the opportunity to reinvent myself. I was no longer able to work. So, instead I started studying for a humanities degree with the Open University. It was there that I discovered poetry, and I haven’t stopped writing since.

Now I’m back living in the Flemish part of Belgium, right next to the North Sea, and I spend my time reading, writing and volunteering at my local library and social food market.

You can read more in this interview piece I wrote for a friend’s blog.

Facts about me

I adore cats. So much so, that I’ve been known to cross the street to try to pet a strange cat I just spotted.

Some of my favourite poets are Sylvia Plath, Audre Lorde, Louise Glück and Margaret Atwood.

For the last fourteen years I have been living a ‘part-time life’ because of ME/CFS, an invisible disability and underresearched complex of illnesses. If you would like to learn more, please visit the link below.

The mysterious disease that affects millions of people worldwide, a DW documentary on YouTube.