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Kristín Ómarsdóttir


Kristín Ómarsdóttir was born on September 24, 1962 in Reykjavík, Iceland and studied literature and Spanish at the University of Iceland. She has lived in Copenhagen and Barcelona but currently lives and works in Reykjavík. Her first publication was a book of poetry, Í húsinu okkar er þoka (There is Fog in Our House), in 1987 and her first novel, Svartir brúðarkjólar (Black Wedding Dresses), was published in 1992.

Kristín writes poetry, novels, short stories, and plays. Her poetry book Sjáðu fegurð þína, (See Your Beauty), received The Women’s Literary Award in 2008. In 2005 Kristín received the Icelandic drama award, Gríman, for her play Segðu mér allt (Tell me Everything). Two of her plays, Í speglingum sefur Könguló (A spider Sleeps in the Mirror) and Kuðungarnir (The Conches) were performed by Thjóðleikur theatre group and broadcast by the National Broadcasting Service, RÚV in 2011. The novel Elskan mín ég dey (I’ll Die, My Love) received the DV Cultural Prize for Literature in 1998 and was nominated for The Nordic Council Literary Prize in 1999. Her play, Ástarsaga 3 (Love story 3), (1997), was nominated for the Nordic Council Drama Award. Kristín’s novel Hér (2004) was published in English translation in the U.S. in 2012, titled Children in Reindeer Woods

Kristín also works within the field of visual arts, has exhibited her drawings and collaborated with various visual artists in exhibitions using different media: video and sculpture.

Kristín Ómarsdóttir lives in Reykavík.

Author photo: Sveinbjörg Bjarnadóttir.