I'm endlessly fascinated by American society - especially when it comes to the schisms between idealism and reality, and the ways in which those are negotiated in public controversies and popular culture.
I interned at non-profit oral history and education organization Voice of Witness from August to December 2014 and continue to work with VoW as contributing editor.
Located at Dave Eggers' McSweeney's headquarters in San Francisco, Voice of Witness publishes an oral history book series with topics ranging from post-9/11 civil rights and the American criminal justice system to the experiences of individuals living under oppressive regimes in Burma, Zimbabwe and Colombia. Their education program brings oral history and the topics of the book series into class rooms.
During my time at Voice of Witness, I worked on several oral history projects:
Music Reviews and Interviews
From 2010 to 2013, I volunteered for Dutch music website Mpodia.nl and wrote reviews for various new album releases and concerts. I also had the honor to interview artists Ben Howard, My Brightest Diamond and Orlando.
Coursework and Papers
From 2010 to 2014, I studied Language- and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, North American Studies at Leiden University, and spent a semester at UW Wisconsin, Madison.
Here, I've listed an overview of the courses I took - including some of the papers I wrote.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Leiden University - MA program North American Studies
Utrecht University - BA program Language and Culture Studies
One of the first poems I ever wrote was published on UW Flash Fiction:
Young boys run in unsteady circles
as they watch their paper planes take flight.
Pulling up their happiness, with a swift
stream of hot summer air.
Eyes skyward, breathes inward,
holding up the tension like a rubber band
wrapped around a thick pack of cards
released only when the plane goes down.
As the paper creases fill up with dirt
and stains run through the veins of white
you can see how futures are unfolded
by little boy’s hands.
Gentle fingers folding back
what once was in the air, free
as if that summer day would always keep you
floating on just the wind and a dash of innocence.
I studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ Institute for the Arts from 2007 to 2010, and co-designed the 2010 Collectie Arnhem.