Carmien Michels (b. 1990) is always on the go but lives in Antwerp. She holds a master’s degree in Drama (Media, Writing and Performance Art) and a postgraduate qualification in Drama Teaching and Multilingualism from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Her first novel ‘We Are Water’ (2013) was shortlisted for several debut prizes. Her second novel ‘Lightning Never Lies’ followed in 2015. Dancing between the urban and the classic, her passion for rhythm and poetry came to a boiling point on the spoken word scene. In 2016, she won both the Dutch and the European Poetry Slam Championship and came in third at the World Cup in Paris. Collaborating with various artists, she has been touring ever since. Fragments of her novels, short stories and poems from her first collection Where We Came From (2017) have been published in eight languages.
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