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Gerður Kristný (born 1970) is an Icelandic poet; she has also written short stories, novels and books for children.

Gerður Kristný
Gerdur Kristny fra Island, nomineret til Nordisk Rads litteraturpris 2012 til litteraturarrangement hos Kulturkontakt Nord i Finland (1).jpg
Gerður Kristný at the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2012
Born (1970-06-10) June 10, 1970 (age 48)
Nationality Icelandic
Genre poetry
Notable awards Icelandic Literature Award, The Icelandic Children's Choice Award, Halldór Laxness Literary Award


Life and workEdit

Gerður Kristný was born on June 10, 1970 and brought up in Reykjavík. She graduated in French and comparative literature from the University of Iceland in 1992.[1]

Gerður has published collections of poetry and short stories, novels, books for children and a biography. Her play The Dancing at Bessastadir, based on two of her children’s books, premiered in the Icelandic National Theater in Reykjavík in February 2011, and was acclaimed by the public and critics alike.[2]

In 2005, Gerður received the Icelandic Journalism Award for her biography Myndin af pabba.[3] In 2010, she won the Icelandic Literature Award for her book of poetry Blóðhófnir (Bloodhoof) which is based on an ancient Nordic myth, told primarily in the Eddic poem Skírnismál, about the attempt of the Nordic fertility god Freyr to fetch the poet's namesake Gerður Gymisdóttir from her far away home as his bride.[4] Blóðhófnir was nominated to the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2011.

Other awards for her work include The Icelandic Children's Choice Awards in 2003, The Halldór Laxness Literary Award in 2004 and The West-Nordic Children's Literature Award in 2010.

Gerður Kristný lives in Reykjavík but travels regularly around the world to present her work, giving readings in places like Kampala, Cox's Bazar, Java, Maastricht and Colgata.

In 2014, she participated in the International Writing Program's Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Gerður Kristný is a Hawthornden Fellow. [5]


Works in EnglishEdit

  • Sewing Sisters
  • Poems in NorthWords
  • Bloodhoof, Translated by Rory McTurk, Arc Pub., 2012, ISBN 9781908376107


  1. ^ "Gerður Kristný (poet) - Iceland - Poetry International". 2008-06-01. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Gerdur Kristny | International Writing Program". Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Björn Þór Sigbjörnsson, Bergsteinn Sigurðsson, and others, Ísland í aldanna rás, 2001-2010: Saga lands og þjóðar ár frá ári (Reykjavík: JPV, 2012), 195.
  4. ^ Björn Þór Sigbjörnsson, Bergsteinn Sigurðsson, and others, Ísland í aldanna rás, 2001-2010: Saga lands og þjóðar ár frá ári (Reykjavík: JPV, 2012), 390.
  5. ^ "2014 Resident Participants | The International Writing Program". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 

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