Isabel Hoving's first book, The Dream Merchant, was published in the Netherlands as The Winged Cat. It won the 2003 Golden Kiss award, the Netherlands' most prestigious children's book prize. Her book on Caribbean women migrant writing, In Praise of New Travelers, was published in 2001. She is co-editor of the Dutch five-volume series Cultuur en Migratie, on the influence of migrants on Dutch culture.
Hoving is now an academic and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She publishes in the fields of intercultural and postcolonial theory and cultural analysis, and edits the journal Thamyris/Intersecting, a journal on issues of place, sex and race.
She lives with her partner and son in Amsterdam.