Esther Kondo Heller

Poet

Summary

Esther Kondo Heller (she/they) is a Kenyan-German poet, writer, and experimental filmmaker. They are a Barbican Young Poet 18/19, an Obsidian Foundation fellow, Ledbury Critic, and Image Text Ithaca Junior Fellow. They approach the filmmaking process as a poet. They focus on layering and unfurling to articulate memory, resonance, and language. They are particularly interested in Static as a portal of recollection, communion, and an archive of history. Their films have been selected and screened at the Berlinale Expanded Forum Programme, Zebra Poetry Festival and at the ICA London. They are currently an MFA in Poetry candidate at Cornell University and co-host the monthly radio show, Poetic Healing with Zen and Kondo on THFradio Berlin.

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