Hélène Gelèns is a writer of poetry, essays and prose. At the universities of Leiden and Amsterdam, Gelèns undertook an exploration of various academic disciplines, ranging from astronomy, Dutch literature to history, eventually majoring in philosophy. She has been performing her poetry since 2000. Her debut niet beginnen bij het hoofd (2006) was shortlisted for the C. Buddingh’ Prize for New Dutch Poetry and her second collection of poetry zet af en zweef (2010) was awarded the prestigious Jan Campert Prize. A third collection will be published spring 2013.
Gelèns’s poetry has been translated in English, German, Spanish, Polish and Albanian. English translations appeared in literary Magazines in the UK (Ambit (2009), Poetry London (2011), The North (2010)), and the USA (Interim (2009), Pleiades (2012), Sampsonia Way (2012)).
Gelèns lives in Amsterdam and Antwerp.