by Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir
translated from the Icelandic by K. B. Thors
"Branded with Tómasdóttir’s unique balance of social criticism and the scathing wit and humour”
Winner of the American Scandinavian Foundation's Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award
Part lambasting of gender roles and capitalist absurdity, part investigation into human-nature relationships, Stormwarning is the third collection of poetry by Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir. An up-and-coming poet in Iceland and abroad, Tómasdóttir imbues her work with dark humor and understated Scandinavian dread, playing with language and expectations to leave her reader in breathless anticipation of the coming storm.
Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir (b.1985) has been active on the Icelandic poetry scene since her teenage years. Her poems have been translated into English, Danish, German, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Arabic. Her own translations of Valerie Solanas´s feminist manifesto SCUM and Cuban author Virgilio Piñera´s poem La isla en peso have been published in Icelandic. Tómasdóttir holds an MA degree in History from the University of Iceland. Her most recent work is a book on the history of pornography in Iceland.
An Icelandic-Ukrainian Canadian raised in rural Alberta, Canada, K.B. Thors has published translations from Icelandic and Spanish in The Harvard Review, The Scandinavian Review, Circumference, and Palabras Errantes. She holds a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow in Poetry. She is also an essayist and educator who before teaching writing worked in a sex-positive, woman-positive, and body-positive sex shop. Her debut poetry collection Vulgar Mechanics is forthcoming in 2019 from Coach House Press.
"It is nevertheless branded with her unique balance of social criticism and the scathing wit and humour that she uses to unravel the old-guard conservative rhetoric often overheard in Icelandic hot-tubs. It also touts a self-awareness that is sometimes lacking in today’s online call-out culture."-Björn Halldórsson, The Reykjavik Grapevine
"Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir has done the seemingly impossible: taken our contemporary capitalist culture, suffused with moralism as well as not-so-hidden prejudice, glorying in its achievements while squandering its wealth, and submitted it to critique while making us laugh at the whole thing." -Magdalena Kay, World Literature Today