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Birgitta Jonsdottir


Birgitta Jonsdottir
Birgitta Jonsdottir

Birgitta Jonsdottir may the Book of Voices' most cosmpolitan contributor. She was born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1967. She has lived in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. She is currently living, once again, in Iceland.

Birgitta has been active in the Icelandic literature, music, and art scenes for 20 years and is an Icelandic pioneer in bringing art to the Internet. Her first book of poetry, Frostdinglar (Icicles), was published when she was twenty by one of Iceland's leading publishers. Her art has been exhibited in the USA, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. She has performed and lectured at festivals around the world. Her work has been published in anthologies, TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers.

Birgitta organized Craters on the Moon, an online arts event which featured the first live video broadcast on the Internet from Iceland in 1996. She has also assisted the organization of Dialogue Among Nations through Poetry (2001), and Artists against the War (2003). Her work has been translated to 12 languages. In 2003 she published an astonishing 10 chapbooks in Icelandic, 2 in English, went to an international poetry festival in Romania, and edited a local newspaper in Russell, New Zealand. Other publications where her work has appeared include: Short Fuse - global anthology, (Rattapallax Press 2002), Möbius 20th anniversary issue (2002), Black Listed Journalist (Blackmail Press, 2003), Other Voices International Project (2004), and the anthologies The Company We Keep, and Listening to the Birth of Crystals (both 2003).

In 2002 she edited and published the Book of Hope and the World Healing Book, global anthologies. Birgitta is a member of United Poets and the Icelandic Writers Union. In 2004 her sound poetry CD "Fragments" was released, a collection of work she has done with various musicians through the years.

The following clips were recorded by Birgitta, some in combination with the ensemble "Foolz", also of Iceland. Texts for some of these, as well as MP3 renditions, are available on the artist's website, this.is/birgitta:

6min 37sec
Bone Day
2min 11sec
The Chameleon
3min 4sec
The Dance
4min 21sec
3min 51sec
poem without a song
1min 37sec
The Red Shoes
9min 37sec
wake up
3min 36sec; performed by Birgitta Jonsdottir in Icelandic, with original music by Jon Tryggvi Unnarsson; recorded in 2007

- August 2007