torsdag 21 augusti 2014

Short biographies of Team Iceland and Team Copenhagen/Malmoe

Today I present another eight poets that will appear in the finals of Poetry Slam Team Contest, starting on Monday. I hope you haven't missed the earlier presentations of (Amsterdam and Dublin) and (Vancouver and Utah). And tomorrow the last two teams, Saxony and South Holland, will be presented.

Team Iceland

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (b. 1978).
He is an poet and novelist. For his novel Illska (Evil, 2012) he was awarded The Icelandic Literary Prize and The Book Merchant’s Prize, as well as being nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. In 2012 he was poet-in-residence at the Library of Water in Stykkishólmur. 
Since his debut in 2002 he has published six books of poems, most recently Hnefi eða vitstola orð (Fist or words bereft of sense, 2013), four novels and two collections of essays. Eiríkur is also active in sound and performance poetry, visual poetry, poetry film and various conceptual poetry projects. Source:

Gerður Kristný (b. 1970) was born and brought up in Reykjavík. She graduated in French and comparative literature from the University of Iceland in 1992. She was editor of the magazine Mannlíf from 1998 to 2004, but is now a full-time writer. Gerður Kristný has published poetry, short stories, novels, and books for children. 
Gerður's collection of poetry, Höggstaður (Soft Spot), was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2007 and she then won the prize in 2010 for her poetry book Blóðhófnir, which is based on the myth about Freyr and the poet's namesake Gerður Gymisdóttir from the Eddic poem Skírnimál. Same book was nominated for Nordic Council Literature Prize, 2012. Source: Words without Borders

Sjón (b. 1962) was born in Reykjavik. His actual name is Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson.
He started his writing career early, publishing his first book of poetry, Sýnir (Visions), in 1978. Sjón was a founding member of the surrealist group, Medúsa, and soon became significant in Reykjavik´s cultural landscape.
Sjón has published many poetry collections, a number of novels, plays for theatre, librettos and material for children. He has collaborated with many other artists as well, most notably Björk, with whom he has composed music, conceived music videos, and written texts for songs, including those for the movie Dancer in the Dark (2000), directed by Lars Von Trier. Sjón was an original founder of the Children´s Art Workshop at the Gerðuberg Cultural Centre and has worked elsewhere with children in creative writing. 
He received the Nordic Councils's Literature Prize for his novel Skugga-Baldur (The Blue Fox) in 2005 and has also received a number of awards for his work in Iceland. Source: Reykjavík City Library

Einar Már Guðmundsson (b. 1954) was born in Reykjavik. He received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and History from the University of Iceland in 1979 after which he moved to Copenhagen to do graduate work in Comparative Literature at the University of Copenhagen.
Einar's first book, the collection of poetry Er nokkur í kórónafötum hér inni? (Is Anyone Here Wearing the Korona Line?), appeared in 1980. His books have been translated into several languages and the widely acclaimed novel Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe) received the Nordic Council's Literary Award in 1995. Source: Reykjavík City Library


Team Copenhagen/Malmoe (Öresund)

Marie Silkeberg (b. 1961) was born in Denmark and came to Sweden when she was thirteen. She is a poet, translator, and professor in Literary Composition at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her books of poetry include Sockenplan, säger hon (Alberg Bonniers förlag, 2003), 23:23 (Alberg Bonniers förlag, 2006), Material (Albert Bonniers förlag, 2010) and most recently Till Damaskus (Albert Bonniers förlag, 2014). She has translated numerous writers from English, French and Danish, including Marguerite Duras, Inger Christensen, Susan Howe, Rosmarie Waldrop and Patti Smith. She has been working with sound/text compositions and videofilms with various composers and filmmakers. Source: Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition 2013

Morten Søndergaard (b. 1964) was born in Copenhagen.
He is a part of a generation of Danish poets that emerged in the early Nineties. Søndergaard's first collection of poetry, Sahara i mine hænder (Sahara In My Hands) was published in 1992. This debut collection has been followed by a succession of works which have won him both critical acclaim and a number of literary awards. From 2002 to 2008 he co-edited the literary magazine Hvedekorn with Thomas Thøfner and also co-founded the poetry magazine Øverste Kirurgiske (Upper surgery). In 2003 and again in 2007 he was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. His books have been translated into Arabic, English, German, French, Italian, Serbian and Swedish. Sources: BookThug and Wikipedia

Jenny Tunedal (b. 1973) was born in Malmö. Now she lives in Stockholm. As a literary critic she is tied to Aftonbladet's cultural pages, but she also writes for several other cultural publications. She also works as a translator and editor, and sometimes she works as a caregiver for people living with autism. Together with Daniel Sjölin she took over "Lyrikvännen" editorship in 2004 where she remained until the magazine changed hands in 2007. 
Jenny Tunedal debuted as an author with a contribution of W & W's "Debut 2001". When her debut collection  "Hejdade, hejdade sken" (2003) was released, she was already an established literary critic with a prominent and clear own voice. Awareness of contemporary poetry aesthetics was also noticed clearly in her debut collection. Source: Alex - Author's lexicon

Klaus Rifbjerg (b. 1931) was born in Copenhagen. 
Rifbjerg won a scholarship to the United States and studied at Princeton University between 1950 and 1951. That was where he discovered and became influenced by, among others, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and James Joyce.
Together with Villy Sørensen he edited the influential literary review Vindrosen 1959–1963. Between 1984 and 1992, he was an editor at the major Danish publishing house Gyldendal. He has won many literary awards and he received an honorary doctorate at Swedish Lund University in 1992. 
Klaus Rifbjerg is one of Denmark's leading post-war cultural figures and works across many different artistic disciplines and genres. His first work, the acclaimed poetry collection Under vejr med mig selv, was published in 1956 and is said to have introduced modernism in Danish poetry, but his major breakthrough came with Konfrontation (1960) and Camouflage (1960); dynamic, expansive poetry in which the poet has had the confidence to bring in new elements and use a language that was not seen elsewhere in Danish poetry from the 1950s. Source: Alex - Author's lexicon

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