Mustafa Stitou (1974) was born in Morocco but moved to Lelystad in the Netherlands shortly after. He works, studies and lives in Amsterdam since 1995. His debut Mijn vormen (My forms) was nominated for the C. Buddingh’ Prize, the most important Dutch prize for first collections of poetry. In 1998 Mijn gedichten (My poems) followed and two years later both collections were republished in one volume.
Stitou has performed at literary events and festivals throughout the country and contributed to many combined art and literature projects. In 1998 he joined the project Dicht/Vorm, in which young poets worked together with young animators to produce short animated films, in 2001 Rotterdam’s Scapino Ballet performed a choreography based on Stitou’s poetry and during the Amsterdam Film Biënnale 2003 he combined new poems with fragments of silent films.