Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir was born on August 27, 1973 in Akranes in West Iceland. She graduated with a B.A. in comparative literataure from the University of Iceland in 1997 and a degree in journalism and mass communication from the same university in 1998. After graduating she worked for a number of years at the newspaper Morgunblaðið, among other things as a columnist for Lesbók, a weekly cultural supplement.
Sigurbjörg's first book, the poetry collection Blálogaland (Land of Blue Flames), was published in 1999 and since then she has published further poetry, prose and plays. Also two novels: Sólar saga (The Story of Sól) – which won the Tómas Guðmundsson Literature Award when it was published in 2002 – and Stekk (Jump) in 2012. Sigurbjörg has also won awards for her poetry: Hnattflug (Circumnavigation) was chosen as the best book of poetry by the staff of Icelandic bookstores in 2000; Blysfarir (Torching) received the Fjöruverðlaunin women´s literature award in 2008; and Brúður (Bride) was nominated for the DV cultural award in 2010. Sigurbjörg´s poetry has been translated into twelve languages in conjunction with various literary conferences, poetry festivals and anthology publications across Europe. Sigurbjörg cooperated with four other Icelandic authors and five Polish photographers on the book project IS(not), she has worked with the Metropoetica group on various projects, and has also written songlyrics for Icelandic musicians. She is one of the so called Grafarvogur-poets, calling themselves by the Reykjavík suburb that is their home, and had a poem in their joint poetry-exhibition in September 2002. Sigurbjörg was named the official poet of the Reykjavík City Library in January and February of 2003, the poet of the magazine Skírnir in fall of 2001 and served as an artist in residence at Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany, in the winter of 2011-12.
Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir lives in Reykjavík.