Carl Jóhan Jensen
Carl Jóhan Jensen (2 December 1957 in Tórshavn) is a Faroese writer, poet and literary critic. His books have five times been nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1991, 1998, 2007, 2008 and 2016. In 1989 and 2006 he received the M. A. Jacobsen's Cultural Prize from Tórshavn City Council
Jensen grew up in Tórshavn and moved to Denmark in 1973 to attend a Danish gymnasium (a preparatory high school). Having graduated, he moved back to the Faroe Islands in 1976, where he worked in various jobs, i.e. as a journalist. From 1979 to 1981 he studied the Faroese language at the Faroese University in Tórshavn, and from 1981 to 1987 studied Icelandic in Reykjavík. In 1990 he graduated cand.phil. in Faroese.
He and his Australian wife Kate Sanderson have two sons. They live in Tórshavn, though with a period spent abroad, when Sanderson, having worked for the Faroese government as a special advisor for several years, was sent in 2012 for a three-year term as Faroese embassador to the EU, based in Brussels. Jensen accompanied her.
Jensen published his first poems in 1977. He has also published novels and essays, and has translated various texts into Faroese, i.e. Strindberg, Ayckbourn, Dario Fo og Einar Kárason. His work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.
In October 2011 he was one of ten Faroese writers invited to participate at the Frankfurt Book Fair. it was the first time the Faroe Islands had been invited, and they participated together with Iceland. the guest of honour for that year. Carl Jóhan Jensen's novel Ó – Søgur um djevulsskap was one of the ten books chosen.
- 1979 – Seinnapartur (Afternoon)
- 1995 – Rúm (Room)
- 2005 – Ó – Søgur um djevulskap, (no official title in English, working title: Un-, Tales of Devilry), Sprotin, 786 pp., ISBN 978-99918-44-82-4
- 2010 – U-, historier om djevelskap. Det Norske Samlaget. Translated into Norwegian by Lars Moa.
- 2014 - Eg síggi teg betur í myrkri (I see thee better – in the dark)
- 1977 – Yrkingar
- 1982 – Skríggj, Mentunargrunnur studentafelagsins.
- 1984 – Messa á kvøldi og fram undir morgun, Mentunargrunnur studentafelagsins.
- 1990 – Hvørkiskyn, Mentunargrunnar Studentafelagsins
- 1997 – Tímar og rek, Mentunargrunnur studentafelagsins.
- 2006 – September í bjørkum sum kanska eru bláar (audiobook)
- 2000 – Mentir og mentaskapur
Awards, nominations etc.
- 1989 – Received the M. A. Jacobsen's Cultural Prize from Tórshavn City Council
- 1991 – Nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize
- 1998 – Nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize
- 2006 – Received the M. A. Jacobsen's Cultural Prize
- 2007 – Nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for his novel Ó – Søgur um djevulsskap
- 2008 – Nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for September í bjørkum sum kanska eru bláar
- 2011 – 1-years grant from the Mentanargrunnur Landsins (Faroese Cultural Fund)
- 2015 – Received the Mentanarvirðisløn M. A. Jacobsens
- 2016 – Nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for Eg síggi teg betri í myrkri
- Aktuelt.fo, Kate Sanderson til Brussel og Sigmund Ísfeld til Keypmannahavnar
- "Frankfurt fyri framman" (in Faroese). Mentamálaráðið. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
- Transpoesie.eu Archived 27 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Rit.fo, Føroyskur skaldskapur um alt Brússel
- Farlit.fo Archived 27 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Norden.org, Nominerede 1962–2012
- Aktuelt.fo, Rithøvundur og dansilærari fáa starvsløn í eitt ár
- "Carl Jóhan Jensen: Eg síggi teg betur í myrkri". The Nordic Council. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- kvf.fo - Hann kann fáa bókmentavirðislønina 2016