Marjolijn van Heemstra (Amsterdam, 1981) studied religious studies with a specialisation in Islamic studies in Amsterdam. She is a successful theatre director of engaging and experimental performances – staged in the Netherlands and abroad. Van Heemstra is a multi-talent, writing poetry, novels and columns for the Dutch newspapers NRC and Trouw. She published her first poetry collection, If Moses had kept on Asking, for which she received the Jo Peters Poëzieprijs. Her second collection More Hoof than Foot came out in 2014. Van Heemstra currently writes a weekly column for Trouw and her novel And We Call Him appeared at Das Mag.
Uitgeverij Cossee published It Grows! It Is Alive! describing the first year with her newborn son.