Ágúst Borþór Sverrisson was born in the west part of Reykjavík on November 19, 1962 and lived there until the age of 18. He finished his highschool education in Reykjavík in 1983 and then studied German and literature for one winter in Berlin and another one in Munich. From 1990 - 1992 he was a student of philosophy at the University of Iceland.
Ágúst Borgþór has for the most part worked in the field of writing, as a journalist and in advertisement and translation, among other things. He has also taught creative writing in Reykjavík.
Ágúst Borgþór is first and foremost a short story and novella writer. His first stories were published in his high school magazine, M.R., and in 1987 his story "Saknað" (Missing) was published in the literary magazine TMM. He was at the time working on his first short story collection, and the poetry book Eftirlýst augnablik (Wanted Moments). To date, he has sent forward five collections of short stories, the latest being Tvisvar á ævinni (Twice in a Lifetime) that came out in 2004. His stories have also appeared in magazines and collections. Ágúst Borgþór has also sent forward two novellas, the first one was Hliðarspor (Side-Track) in 2007 and the latest one is Stolnar stundir (Stolen Hours) which was published in the spring of 2011. In addition to his fiction writing, Ágúst has been a productive blog-writer for years, and has as such published numerous articles and essays on different issues.
Ágúst Borgþór is married to Erla Kjartansdóttir and they have two children. They live in Reykjavík.