Nanne Timmer is a poet, essayist, translator and researcher in Latin American culture and literature. She writes her poetry mainly in Spanish and Dutch and she explores the contact between different languages and between movement and sound. As a university lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, her teaching and research are intimately concerned with interculturality and cultural translation. One of her goals is to listen carefully to stories from specific and diverse cultural backgrounds, even when at first those stories might not be easy to understand. Both as a scholar and at a personal level, she is driven by a desire to engage with divergent social, political, and cultural contexts, never taking any meaning for granted.