|Johann Hjalmarsson has written 18 books of poetry, publishing his first
book of poems when he was seventeen years old. In 1961, Hjalmarsson moved
to Spain to study romance languages at the University of Barcelona, and
began translating French and Latin American surrealist poets into Icelandic.
He returned to Iceland and began a career as an arts reviewer and travel
writer for the newspaper, Morgunbla?i?. Johann continues to translate poetry
into Icelandic. In 2004, his collected translations (over 500 pages in
length) will be issued by JVP Press. He was presented with an Icelandic
Parliament Award in 2003 in recognition for his outstanding contributions
to Icelandic literature as a poet and translator.
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