Dimitri Verhulst (Belgium) is a writer and poet. Born in 1972, he lives and works in Huccorgne, and writes in Dutch. He spent his childhood in foster homes and institutes. As a writer, he made his debut in 1999 with a collection of stories, De kamer hiernaast [The Room Next Door] about his youth. The novels Niets, niemand en redelijk stil [Nothing, Nobody, and Reasonably Quiet] published in 2000 and De verveling van de keeper [The Boredom of the Goalkeeper] of 2002 also cover the same topic. In 2001, Dimitri Verhulst published Liefde, tenzij anders vermeld [Love, Unless Otherwise Stated], a collection of poetry.
His breakthrough came in 2003, with Problemski Hotel in which he wrote about residents of an asylum-seekers’ centre in Arendonk (Belgium). In 2006 he published the novel De helaasheid der dingen’ [The Misfortunates] and the novella Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af [Mrs Verona Comes Down from the Hill]. In 2008 a new book: Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol [Goddamm days on a goddamm globe] was published, which won the 2009 Libris Prize.