City poet

As of January 2018, Mieke van Zonneveld is the 2nd city poet of Hilversum. In this role she publishes at least 8 poems a year. This includes, amongst others, a poem honoring a renowned poet born in Hilversum and a poem written specifically for a lonely burial. The city poet has the task to get citizens of Hilversum - both young and old – excited for poetry and literature.

Meet the city poet

Mieke van Zonneveld (1989) is a poet, literary scholar, and Dutch teacher at the International School Alberdingk Thijm in Hilversum. At the start of 2017 she debuted with her poetry collection ‘Leger’ for which she was nominated for the VSB Poetry price 2018. About being the new city poet, Van Zonneveld said: “I find it a nice new challenge. Something completely different from what I have done before, but it has a strong connection with what I love doing most, writing poetry. I hope that at the end of these 2 years more people have gotten in touch with poetry, and I could make them excited about it in one way or another.”


Do you want to stay up to date about the activities of Mieke? Follow her on social media. She shares her poems, thoughts, and readings on Instagram, Facebook, andTwitter with the hashtag #Stadsdichter035.

City poems

Do you want to read all the poems that Mieke has written for and about our Hilversum? You can download her collected work as city poet right here!

Read the city poems

City Poet 2016 - 2017

Between 2016 and 2017, Robert Grijsen was the city poet of Hilversum. To end his term as city poet he published all his city poems in the poetry collection ‘Neem mij niet voor lief’. Curious? Then read on quickly.

View his poetry collection