Ingunn Snædal was born in Egilsstaðir on August 10th, 1971 and grew up in Jökuldalur in East-Iceland. She graduated with a B.ed degree from The Iceland University College of Education in 1996 and studied Irish at Galway University in Ireland from 1996-1997. In 2006 Ingunn started her Icelandic studies at The University of Iceland. She lived in Ireland from 1996-1998, in Cost Rica and Mexico from 1998-1999, in Spain 2001-2002 and stayed in Denmark for the summer of 1998. In Iceland, Ingunn has been an elementary school teacher, a proof-reader, a housekeeper with a road-construction team, worked at a gas station, served at restaurants, run errands, been a mailman, a seasonal worker at herring fishing, written advertisments and been a private teacher.
Ingunn's first book of poetry, Á heitu malbiki (On Hot Pavement), came out in 1995. Since then she has published two other poetry books, both with publishing house Bjartur. The former, Guðlausir menn - hugleiðingar um jökulvatn og ást (Godless Men - Thoughts About Glacial Water and Love) won Reykjavík City's poetry award, The Tómas Guðmundsson Literature Prize, in 2006 and was also nominated for The Icelandic Literature Prize. Ingunn's poetry has also been published in collections in Iceland and abroad, among them are Wortlaut Island: Isländische Gegenwartsliteratur in Germany and Pilot: Debutantologi in Norway. In addition to writing poetry, Ingunn has translated literature into Icelandic.
Ingunn Snædal is married and has two children. She lives in Fljótsdalshérað in East-Iceland. Back