Þorsteinn (Jónsson) frá Hamri (from Hamar) was born on March 15, 1938 on the farm Hamar in Þverárhlíð in Borgarfjörður. He completed his primary education at Reykholtsskóli in 1954 and studied at Iceland's Teacher Training College during the years of 1955-1957. Þorsteinn worked as an assistant librarian at Kópavogur Library between 1961-1967, but since then he has devoted his time to writing. He has also scripted radio programs, read proofs, and translated a number of books.
Þorsteinn was the secretary of the board of The Icelandic Writer's Associsation from 1966-1968 and a vice member of the board of The Writer's Union of Iceland 1984-1986. He was also a member of the board of The Writer's Union of Iceland from 1986-1988. In 2006 Þorsteinn was made a honorary member of the union.
Þorsteinn's first book of poetry, Í svörtum kufli (In a black hood/cowl), was published in 1958. Þorsteinn is a prolific poet and has also written novels and essays. His first novel, Himinbjargarsaga eða Skógardraumur, ævintýri (The Story of Himinbjörg or A Dream in the Wood, a fairy tale), appeared in 1969. He is also a productive translator of literature.
Þorsteinn frá Hamri is married and lives in Reykjavík.
Author photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson.Back