Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir 




Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir 

photo © Gassi studio
* 01.06.1958, Reykjavík, Iceland
lives in: Reykjavík, Iceland

Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir, born in 1958 in Reykjavík, worked part-time for many years as a nurse in cardiac, geriatric and psychiatric wards at the Reykjavík Hospital (1978-2000).
After first publications in newspapers and literary magazines, she made her debut in 1990 with the poetry collection Bláþráður. To date, she has published seven more volumes of poetry, several plays and an autobiographical novel in 2003. 

 photo © Gassi studio
Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir has received numerous prizes and awards for her literary work, including two literary awards from the daily newspaper DV, the Jón-úr-Vör-Poesiepreis and the Prize of the Icelandic Book Trade for the best volume of poetry in 2015. The volume frelsi was also nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize (2017) and brought her the title "European Poet of Freedom" 2018 in Gdansk.

Her poems have been published in various anthologies in English, Swedish, French, German and Galician.

In German the bilingual volume Alle schönen Worte / Frostschmetterlinge was published by Kleinheinrich (2011) and Freiheit im Elif Verlag (2018).

  • Bláþráður



  • Klakabörnin



  • Mona Lisa


    Colchester: Greyhound Press, 1993

  • Valsar úr síðustu siglingu



  • Öll fallegu orðin



  • Lygasaga



  • Frostfiðrildi



  • Alle schönen Worte / Frostschmetterlinge

    Isländisch / Deutsch

    Aus dem Isländischen übersetzt von Tina Flecken. Illustrationen: Aquarelle von Bernd Koberling

    Münster: Kleinheinrich, 2011

  • Frelsi


    Reykjavík: Mál og mennig, 2015

  • Smáa letrið



  • Freiheit

    Nettetal: Elif Verlag, 2018

  • Wolnosc

    Poland: Europejski Poeta Eolnosci, 2018

  • 1993 DV-newspaper’s Literary Prize

  • 2005 1st prize in the Ljóðstafur Competition, Kópavogur

  • 2010 RÚV’s (National Broadcasting Service) Yearly literary Recognition

  • 2015 Booksellers Prize for best poetry collection

  • 2015 DV-newspaper´s Literary Prize

  • 2018 European poet of freedom award for the poetry collection Frelsi, Gdansk, Poland