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Sofie Verraest
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2020–2021
Brussels
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Belgium
01. July 2020 - 31. December 2020

Born 1986 in Kortrijk/Belgium.

Sofie Verraest is a writer of fiction and non-fiction concerned with literature, the city, architectural urbanism and landscape design. She is particularly fascinated by (very) short prose. She studied Dutch and French literature and linguistics at the universities of Ghent/Belgium and Aix-Marseille/France (2004–2007), and obtained an MA in comparative modern literature from Ghent University in 2008, graduating summa cum laude. She went on to specialize in philosophy, completing an MA in the subject at Sofia University/Bulgaria (2008–2009) with a scholarship awarded by the Flemish Community. She was involved in a doctoral research project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanderson the subject of narrative techniques in urban design and the imagination of good places.

Her work has appeared in publications including Ninth LetterGreen Mountains Review, and Deus Ex Machina. Verraest is founder and curator of Snug Harbor, a Brussels-based series of literary evenings held in English, and co-founder of Magnificent Shit, an online platform aimed at spreading magnificent literature to help you live.

In 2016–2017, she taught general literature studies as a visiting professor at Ghent University. In 2018, she collaborated with Sulaiman Addonia to teach creative writing at the Creative Writing Academy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. That year, she was also selected as a fellow of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing. She currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent.