About RIXT

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?

Poetry collective RIXT is a broad platform of Frisian poets. We write and publish poems about current issues in and outside Fryslân. We show the vitality and relevance of Frisian poetry to a wide audience.

We are an open collective. Everyone who writes poetry in Frisian, in a Frisian regional or city language, or in any language used in Friesland, is invited to join us.

Our main goal is to bring Frisian poetry to the public’s attention. One way to do that is  through different kind of performances, each time with different poets, at locations where we think poetry should be heard. Additionally, we organise poetry events about topical subjects during the year and we are active on different social media. Each month one of our poets is ‘poet of the month’. She/he publishes at least two poems on our website, which are related to current events .

We especially invite young and beginning poets to join our collective. Our membership includes experienced poets who can guide and assist beginning poets.

As a platform we are involved in various projects regarding Frisian poetry. Anyone who is engaged in a project and is looking for poems or poets, can contact us. We love to assist and connect you with different kinds of poets.

Our ambition in the coming years is to promote Frisian poetry internationally . We believe Frisian poetry has the quality to be heard on stages outside our region.  We believe that international contacts and exchanges will invigorate the Frisian poetry scene.

Our motto is a quote from the poem Buenos Aires by the Frisian female poet Rixt (1887-1979):

Wa binn’ myn maten op dy wylde feart?
Wa binn’ mei my, dy’t wyn noch romte keart?

Who are going to be my shipmates on that tramp?
Who are with me, unafraid of wind and expanse?

From: De Gouden Rider (1952), p. 41

WANT TO JOIN?

RIXT is an open poet pack for poets who write poetry in Frisian, a regional or city Frisian language or another language in Fryslân.

Do you want to join the poet pack RIXT as participating poet? You can!

Which benefits do you have as participating poet of RIXT?

  • Part of a strong poet pack in Fryslân;
  • Writing actual and active poetry;
  • A poet profile on the Frisian and English website of RIXT;
  • Possibility to be poet of the month;
  • Publication on rixt.frl;
  • Your work recieves editing and correction before publication;
  • Possibility for exchange and guidance as poet with for example Waailân;
  • Publicity of your performances and publications in nijs/news;
  • Opportunities to participate in poetry projects of/with RIXT;
  • Opportunities for poetry performances;
  • Opportunities for international performances.

How can you join RIXT?

As novice poet/ poet without publications:

  1. Let your interest be known with RIXT
  2. Submit a poem with the editorial board of RIXT. If they approve the poem and the poem has been corrected, you will be published as guest poet on the RIXT website.
  3. After three published poems, you can ask to join RIXT as participating poet.

Bear in mind that the editorial board can reject your work for publication. The editorial board will share the reason(s) for this and in this way, will support you to improve the poem. If the same poem has been rejected twice, it is excluded for publication at RIXT.

As poet who has published work:

Do you want to join RIXT and have you published work at an established publisher?
You can send an e-mail and ask to join the poet pack RIXT as participating poet.


Bear in mind when you submit a poem for the RIXT website that we have an editorial board which guarantees the quality level. The editorial board has the right to refuse work as well as administer corrections.

The members of our editorial board are: Henk Nijp, Simon Oosting, Kate Schlingemann and Cornelis van der Wal.

You are not a participating poet, but you do want to publish a poem on the RIXT website? You may submit the poem as guest poet. All poems go through the editorial board.

Do you want more information or do you have any questions? You can always send us an e-mail.

 

Contact

We can be reached through this email:

post@rixt.frl
ynfo@rixt.frl

Who was Rixt?

Rixt (1887-1979) was a Frisian poet with a small but striking body of work. In 1953 her only volume of poetry De Gouden Rider received the Gysbert Japicx Prize, the highest Frisian literary award. Rixt (pseud. Hendrika Akke van Dorssen) published her first poems in the second decade of the twentieth century. As a young woman in a conservative Fryslân, which Rixt thought was far too modest, meek and timid, she had the courage to publish love verses and erotic lyrical poetry. Her poetry of the 1920s and 1930s displayed a vitality and an adventurous spirit which reminds us of Slauerhoff, among others. Rixt remained involved in Frisian literature and kept attending literary events throughout her long life. Thus she became the “grand old lady of Frisian poetry”.

Because of her open outlook, her unconventional life and work, and her stature, we chose Rixt as the patron of our poets’ collective. We have taken two lines from her poem Buenos Aires as our motto:

Wa binn’ myn maten op dy wylde feart?
Wa binn’ mei my, dy’t wyn noch romte keart?

Who are going to be my shipmates on that tramp?
Who are with me, unafraid of wind and expanse?

Rixt, De Gouden Rider (1952), p. 41

 

Colophon

RIXT Frisian Poets Pack is a foundation. The members of our board  are:
Edwin de Groot (chair),  Syds Wiersma (secretary), Ypie Bakker (treasurer), Tryntsje van der Veer (general member), and Ydwine Scarse

Editorial board of RIXT: Henk Nijp, Simon Oosting, Kate Schlingemann, Cornelis van der Wal

Webmaster of RIXT: Cornelis van der Wal

Photo’s, audio and video recording: Geart Tigchelaar

International relations: Ydwine Scarse

Translator Frisian-English: Trevor Scarse

Logo design and branding of RIXT: Stefan Sloot

RIXT is subsidized by the Province of Friesland

 

 

 

 

This website has been made possible through financial support of the Province of Fryslân.