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Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
Photo: Erik Brunulf.

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl

Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (1978) is an Icelandic 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. When it came out in France in 2015 it was shortlisted for the Prix Médicis étranger and received the Transfuge award. In 2012 he was poet-in-residence at the Library of Water in Stykkishólmur and in 2013 he was chosen artist of the year in Ísafjörður.

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.

Eiríkur has translated over a dozen books into Icelandic, including a selection of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, but most recently Ida Linde’s Maskinflickans Testamente. He lives in Ísafjörður, Iceland, a rock in the middle of the ocean, and spends much of his time in Västerås, Sweden, a town by a lake.

"One of the most engaged and enthusiastic works of poetics in recent years."
Charles Bernstein
"Norðdahl’s essays are brilliant vivisections of contemporary poetry and its problems"
Sharon Mesmer
"A breathtaking collection of criticism from one of Europe’s most exciting poetic practitioners and theorists and stands as one of the most vital contributions to innovative poetry criticism in Europe's recent history."
Steven Fowler // 3AM Magazine
Booby, Be Quiet! is a collection of essays and columns about poetry, literature and literary politics(the title is a very learnéd reference to Auden’s translation of the Eddas). The essays and columns have been published in various places in the last five years – around half of the book consists of material written for The Reykjavík Grapevine, Iceland’s english speaking magazine. The physical book can be ordered at the poEsia web – or downloaded for free.