Þóra Jónsdóttir

Þóra Jónsdóttir was born on the 17th of January, 1925, in the Bessastaðir area of Álftanes, but at a young age moved with her family to the farm Laxamýri, in the north of Iceland. Þóra taught at college from 1948-1949, studied literature at the University of Copenhagen from 1949-1952, and in 1968 received her teaching degree from the University College of Education in Iceland. From 1975-1982, she worked at the Reykjavík City Library.

Þóra's first book of poetry, Leit að Tjaldstæði (Looking For a Campsight), was published in 1973; and since then, her prodigious output has included poetry collections and translations of poetry. A book with selected poems from her earlier books was published by the publishing house Salka in 2005.

Þóra now lives in Reykjavik. She is married, with grown children.


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