Newsletter: IWF! OMG! and Boobies!

September 22, 2011 in News

Dear friends.

Next saturday I will be participating in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival schedule at the Gothenburg book fair. The Zebra crew will play some of last year’s films, including my Höpöhöpö Böks, and me and Maria Silkeberg (who also has a film in the program) will be reading some poems.

But the Gothenburg book fair is only a warm-up for the madness of Frankfurt. Iceland is the “honoured guest” at the world’s largest book fair this year and I and an airplane full of writers, poets and assorted literati will be participating. The book fair will coincide with the release of my first poetry book in german translation “IWF! IWF! OMG! OMG!”, from kozempel&timm on october 10th.

This is what my program looks like:

THURSDAY / 13.10.
16:00 Performance and book presentation at “Büchergilde Frankfurt”, (An der Staufenmauer 9, S- and U-Bahn: Konstabler Wache)
19:00 Performance at “Iceland Nights” at Eulengasse (Seckbacher Landstraße 16, U4 Seckbacher Landstraße)

FRIDAY / 14.10.
19:00 Soundperformance with Monika Golla and Nikolaus Heyduck at AusstellungsHalle 1A (Schulstraße 1A/ U 1/2/3 Südbahnhof or U 4/5 Römer)

SATURDAY / 15.10.
12:30 Messe / Isländischer Pavillon
16:00 Messe / “Das blaue Sofa” with Þórdís Björnsdóttir and Andri Snær Magnason
20:00 Gegenbuchmasse (Café Exzess, Leipziger Straße 91, U4/U5: Dom/Römer)

IWF! IWF! OMG! OMG! is a selection of poems from various books, 66 pages long, translated by Jón Bjarni Atlason and Alexander Sitzman, illustrated by Franziska Schaum. It can be pre-ordered at www.tubuk.de.

Around the same time a collection of essays and columns about poetry and literature, Booby, Be Quiet!, will come out from poEsia in Finland. The book (which is in english) contains various articles and lectures as well as my poetry columns for the Reykjavík Grapevine, 2009-2011. It also contains two divine blurbs, of which these are merely short excerpts:

“One of the most engaged and enthusiastic works of poetics in recent years.”
- Charles Bernstein

and

“Norðdahl’s essays are brilliant vivisections of contemporary poetry and its problems”
- Sharon Mesmer

Last but not least, I will be participating in the Oslo Poetry festival 12. – 14. november, with some readings and some video poetry (more details announced later!)

I hope you all are well,
Eiríkur

Ps. here you can see Dúó Harpverk and Tui Hirv perform Páll Ragnar Pálsson’s composition to my poem Hyperbolic Inoculation: (they have recently recorded this along with a piece based on its sister poem, Parabolic inoculation)

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