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My name is Milla van der Have. I wrote my first poem when I was 16, during a physics class and I’ve been at it ever since. I started out writing in Dutch, but in 2008 I switched to English.

I write poetry and short stories. I like a well-told story, but not an easy one. As a reader as well as a writer, I like it when not all is revealed. Also, I look for twists, be it in plot, perspective or language.


My work has been published in literary magazines and anthologies and has been translated into Spanish. I have published 2 chapbooks: Ghosts of Old Virginny in 2015 and Avistamiento de ballenas (Whale watching) in 2021.

Readings and publications

October, 2022

Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico

26 Encuentro Internacional de Poetas de Zamora

In October 2022 I participated in the international poetry festival of Zamora in Mexico.

July, 2022

Medellin, Colombia (online)

Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín

In July 2022 I participated in the international poetry festival of Medellin.

October, 2021

Bogota, Colombia (online)

Gestos de la Poesia, 2021

Online participation in the Gestos de la Poesy festival of the Universiad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

April, 2021

Mexico City, Mexico

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Avistamiento de Ballenas / Whale watching

Publication of the bilingual chapbook Avistamiento de Ballenas / Whale Watching.

November 2020

Oxford, UK

October, 2020

Mexico (online)

Encuentro Internacional de Poesía en Milpa Alta 

Online participant

Encuentro Internacional de Poetas de Zamora, Mich. México 

online participant

September, 2019

December 2017

Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

July, 2019

Curtea de Argeș, România

March, 2016

Utrecht, The Netherlands

2013, 2014


Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Writer’s residency, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland 

Curtea de Argeș Poetry Nights 2019, Curtea de Argeș Romania 

Participant in the international Poetry Nights Festival in Romania


Writing residencies in Martha's Vineyard, US and in Virginia City, Nevada, US.

Millennium New Writings Award for fiction

Fiction Award for short story

Featured poem

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