Eyvindur Pétur Eiríksson was born in Hnífsdalur on December 13, 1935. He lived in the remote Hornstrandir until the age of 8, after that in Ísafjörður and neighbourhood. He finished his secondary education in Akureyri in 1955 and then studied Danish and English at the University of Iceland, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1964. Ten years later he took up studies again at the same school, and finished a Cand. mag. degree in Icelandic grammar in 1977. Eyvindur has been a teacher at different school levels through the years, and has for instance taught at elementary and secondary schools in Reykjavík, Kópavogur and Ísafjörður, as well as teaching at the University of Iceland and the Iceland College of Education. He was a teacher of Icelandic and Danish at courses run by the Icelandic Ministry of Education for teachers in the summer of 1971, and was a lecturer at the University of Helsingfors in Finland during the winter of 1979 – 1980. He then became a lecturer of Icelandi at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and was there for a number of years. He has also taught Icelandic as a foreign language, as well as being a tour guide, translator and proof reader.
Since 1987 Eyvindur has dedicated his time to writing for the most part, but been a teacher on the side. He has also done programs for television and radio, he was in charge of the program Daglegt mál (Daily Speech) on the National Radio in 1978 – 1979 and took part in making the first two TV programs on Icelandic language in 1979. He was a news correspondent for the National Radio while he lived in Finland. In 1964, Eyvindur was a representative of the Icelandic Youth Council at a conference held by the European Council in Strassbourg and he sat on the Icelandic Language Committee for a number of years, as a representative of the Writer's Union of Iceland. He has taken part in various literary programs abroad and worked with other artists in Quebéc and Genua.
Eyvindur has published poetry, novels, translations and articles in magazines. His first book of poetry Hvenær? (When?), appeared in 1974 and his first novel, Múkkinn (Fulmar) in 1988. He received the Halldór Laxness Literature Prize in 1997 for his novel Landið handan fjarskans (The Land Behind Eternity). The novel was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize in the same year.
Eyvindur P.Eiríksson lives in Reykjavík and in Rogaland in Norway, but also spends a good amount of time in the Icelandic West fjords. He is divorced, has four children and three grandchildren. He lives with his common law wife.
Author photo: The Reykjavík Museum of Photography.Back