Elmar Kuiper is a trained psychiatric nurse, visual artist and poet, as well as a performer and singer of the postpunk/new wave band Tigers fan Greonterp. He has published seven poetry collections. Hertbyt (2004) received a nomination for the Fedde Schurer Prize for debuting Frisian writers. Then followed Ut namme fan mysels (2006), Hechtzwaluwen (2010, nomination Cees Buddingh Prize), Granytglimkes (2011), Hiemsiik (2015), Ruimtedier (2016, nomination JC Bloem Prize and shortlist Piter Jelles Prize) and Stienkeal (2018). His sensitive poems have been translated into English, French, German and Portuguese and chosen for anthologies.