Mustafa Stitou

© Tessa Posthuma de Boer
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Mustafa Stitou

1974, Tétouan
Poet. Performer. Former city poet of Amsterdam.

Mustafa Stitou was born in Morocco, but grew up in Lelystad. He studied history and philosophy in Amsterdam. In 1994 he debuted with the collection of poems Mijn vormen [My Forms]. In 1998 a second collection Mijn gedichten [My Poems] followed. Stitou is also famous as a performer at festivals and participates in a wide variety of different projects. For example, the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam has put on a production choreographed by Nanine Linning, based on a number of Stitou’s poems. In his third collection, Varkensroze ansichten [Pig Pink Picture Postcards] (2004) the poet rallied and attempted to define his position in a changing reality. The collection was awarded the Jan Campert Prize and the VSB Poetry Prize. His work has been translated into Swedish and English, among other languages.


  Dutch Foundation for Literature   Translations   De Bezige Bij   SIC-Literaturverlag

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Recently translated into German

Polderpoesie. Junge Lyrik aus Flandern und den Niederlanden
[Sic]-Literaturverlag, 2016
Translated by Stefan Wieczorek, Ard Posthuma,
Gregor Seferens, Rosemarie Still and Waltraud Hüsmert

Polder are typical landscapes of Flanders and the Netherlands. Polder are new land that was reclaimed from the sea. Polderpoesie creates new ground and introduces 21 young Flemish and Dutch poets bilingually in Dutch and German.