Einar Örn Gunnarsson was born in Reykjavík on October 5, 1961. After finishing his secondary education in Reykjavík, he studied law at the University of Iceland for a couple of years, until taking up writing. He was a visiting student at the University of Bergen in Norway in fhe fall of 1999, studying art theory. He then graduated with a MBA degree from Reykjavík University in 2008 and with a MAAB degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London in 2010.
Einar Örn founded the fish-farming company Salar Islandica in 2000, together with other Icelandic and Norwegian partners. He was the vice-president of the company form 2003 - 2007. He has also, among other things, worked as a journalist for the daily Morgunblaðið. He was the editor of literary journal Andblær in 1996 and wroter articles for the magazine from 1996 - 1998. He has taken part in organizing numerous literary events in Iceland through the years.
Einar Örn first published work were two short stories, "Bréf til mömmu" (A Letter to Mom) and "Gíslasaga" (The Story of Gísli) in 1986. Each was published seperately in limited edition by the author. He has also published his work in magazines, among them the literary magazine Andblær. His first novel, Næðingur (Cold Wind) came out in 1990. Since then, he has sent forward three other novels and some short stories. His play Krákuhöllin was staged in 1999, directed by Hilmir Snær Guðnason.
Einar Örn represented Iceland in Europe's Literature Express in the year 2000, a six week journey of 104 European authors. The project was well documented, for instance in the book Ein literaisches Reisebuch. Einar Örn's novel Tár Paradísarfuglsins from 1998 was published in Lithuanian in 2003 with the title Rojaus Paukscio Asaros.
Einar Örn Gunnarsson lives in Kópavogur, Iceland. He is married and has three daughters.
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