Novels, Collections, and Long-Form Nonfiction Works
A Fist or a Heart by Kristín Eiríksdóttir. AmazonCrossing (US), forthcoming 2019.
The Ninth Step by Ingvi Þór Kormáksson. Crime novel translated on behalf of the author (ISL), forthcoming.
Find Your Inner Viking by Ingvar Jónsson. Self-help book translated on behalf of the author (ISL), forthcoming.
The Stuff of Nightmares ed. by Markús Már Efraím. Collection of horror stories written by eight-to-ten-year-old Icelandic schoolchildren. Translated on behalf of the editor (ISL), forthcoming.
Birds by Hjörleifur Hjartarson and illustrated by Rán Flygenring. Angústúra Forlag (ISL), 2018.
Short Stories and Novel Excerpts
“What It’s Like to Drown” by Friðgeir Einarsson. Published in Iceland Review (ISL; distributed internationally), 2019.
“Korríró, Baby” by Þórdís Helgadóttir. Published in Iceland Review (ISL; distributed internationally), 2019.
“The Doctor’s Appointment and Its Consequences” by Brynjólfur Þorsteinsson. Published in Iceland Review (ISL; distributed internationally), 2018.
“The Chandelier” by Fríða Ísberg. Published in Iceland Review (ISL; distributed internationally), 2018.
“Elín, Misc.” (Excerpt). Published in EuropeNow (US), 2018.
“Ascension” by Steinunn G. Helgadóttir. Published in Quiddity (US), 2018.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Steinunn G. Helgadóttir. Published in Lunch Ticket (US), 2018.
“Wolf and Edda and the Stolen Artifact” (Excerpt) by Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir. Published on website for BookTrust (UK), 2018.
Commissioned translation for BookTrust’s “In Other Words Project,” promoting international children’s literature in English translation. My sample was one of many international submissions to this project and was chosen as one of the organization’s 2018 shortlist titles.
"Of a Mother's Mind" (Excerpt) by Kári Tulinius. Published in PEN Austria's Words and Worlds, 2017.
"On the Way to the Writer's Conference" by Auður Jónsdóttir. Published in Gutter (UK), 2016.
"Entropic Nature: Four Poems" by Kári Tulinius. Published in the University of Iowa’s Exchanges, 2017.
“Dust” by Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir. Published in CV2: Contemporary Verse 2 (CA), 2017.
Essays and Short Nonfiction
“A Modern-Day Saga in Fancy Dress” by Kristinn E. Andrésson. Scandinavian-Canadian Studies (CA), forthcoming.
Scholarly article examining social critique and Cold War allegories in Halldór Laxness’ Gerpla,
commissioned by the journal for a special issue examining the modern reception of the Fóstbroeðra saga.
Iceland Defense Force by Bragi Þór Jósefsson. Crymogea (ISL), 2015.
I by Valdimar Thorlacius. Crymogea (ISL), 2015.
Photographer Valdimar Thorlacius's collection of photographs and interviews with recluses living in the Icelandic countryside.
Nonfiction Works (Long-Form)
22 Places You Absolutely Must See in the Faroe Islands. Crymogea (ISL), 2014.
Photographic travel guide to the Faroe Islands. From the book jacket:
Situated midway between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands represent uncharted territory for most travelers—a verdant, rugged archipelago of eighteen islands where often, the puffins outnumber the people. So here are twenty-two Must-See sights when you visit the Faroes: from turf roofed homes in secluded seaside villages to Viking longhouse ruins, from a magnificent Stone Forest to sheer coastal cliffs which shelter nesting birds in the hundreds of thousands.
In many ways, these pastoral islands seem to exist outside of time. But even as its people proudly protect their cultural heritage, the Faroes have undergone enormous developments that have helped to shape them into the unique place they are today. Visiting these 22 fantastic locations won’t reveal all of the Faroes’ secrets by half, but they will be a wonderful introduction to a place and a people that you’ll want to visit again and again.
“Að læra íslensku in fourteen words.” (Tusculum Review; 2018)
(Commissioned.) Humorous, personal essay, styled as an Icelandic dictionary, which traces my language-learning experience in Iceland.
I've authored multiple travel articles for Icelandair Stopover, Icelandair's in-flight magazine, and The Reykjavík Grapevine, among others. Most recently, I was commissioned to write the cover story for the first issue of Air Iceland's new bilingual in-flight magazine, My North. I also spent two years as a columnist for the website The Island Review, writing essays about life and travel as an expat in Iceland. Samples available upon request.
“Hidden Valley of the Gods” (Icelandair Stopover; 2018)
Commissioned article. Hiking in Þórsmörk, a popular destination in the Icelandic highlands. Article included photos taken by the author.
“Secret Sigló” (My North In-Flight Magazine; 2017)
Commissioned article. 48 hours in Siglufjörður, one of the northernmost towns in Iceland. The article was accompanied by a sidebar piece on sea swimming in a nearby fjord.
“Independent People” (The Island Review; 2014)
‘In Iceland, asking for help can be a complicated business. But as our columnist explains, offering it is even more so.’
“On the Road Again (And Again)” (The Reykjavík Grapevine; 2014)
A profile of the Ystafell Transportation Museum in North Iceland.
I began writing both long and short-form book reviews and literary essays for The L Magazine in 2007. I continued as a regular book reviewer for a variety of American publications—including Three Percent, The Second Pass, and Reviewing the Evidence until 2012. After moving to Iceland, I also contributed book reviews to The Reykjavík Grapevine and Iceland Review. My areas of focus have primarily been literature in translation, particularly contemporary Icelandic and Nordic fiction, as well as crime fiction. My review of Purge by Sofi Oksanen was selected by the National Book Critics Circle to be featured as the “Review-of-the-Day” on Powells.com in June 2010. Samples available upon request.
Cultural Articles and Interviews
“Thrash and Burn: Neskaupstaður’s Metal Fest with Heart” (My North In-Flight Magazine; 2019)
Commissioned article. 48-hours at the Eistnaflug Metal Festival, which is held annually in a remote village in East Iceland.
“Compliments to the Chef” (Icelandair Stopover; 2019)
Commissioned article. Interview with Chef Bjarni Siguróli Jakobsson, who represented Iceland in the 2019 Bocuse d’Or culinary competition, often characterized as the ‘Olympics of Cooking.’
“(Not) Going by the Book” (Icelandair Stopover; 2018)
An interview with Iceland’s first lady, Eliza Reid, about being an immigrant in Iceland, setting new precedents for a first lady, The Iceland Writers Retreat, things she’s learned from traveling, and more.
“Hidden People: They’re Just Like Us (Kind Of)” (The Reykjavík Grapevine; 2015)
Cover Feature. Socio-historical discussion of the Hidden People in Icelandic folklore, accompanied by original translations of Icelandic folktales.
“More Icelandic Than the Flag” (The Reykjavík Grapevine; July 2014)
On Iceland’s love affair with mayo. Accompanied by a translation of “Mayonnaise In Memoriam,” a short satirical essay by Andri Snær Magnason.
“America Daze” (The Reykjavík Grapevine; 2013)
America, as interpreted by an annual promotion at an Icelandic department store.