Knut Ødegård

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Knut Ødegård.

Knut Ødegård (born 6 November 1945) is a Norwegian poet.


Born in 1945 in Molde, Norway, Ødegård made his poetic debut in 1967.[1] Since then he has published many volumes of poetry, two novels for young adults, two books about Iceland, a play, and several reinterpretations.[1] His own works are recognized internationally as deeply original and high quality poetry and his poetry books are translated into 31 languages (2014), among these five separate collections in English.[1]

He was the founder and president of the Bjørnson Festival, the Norwegian International Literature Festival, held in homage to Nobel laureate Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, for a decade. Ødegård is now the president of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson-Akademiet, The Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression. [1]

He shares his time between a home in Molde and another in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Selected works[edit]

  • 1982: Wind over Romsdal, poems, translated by George Johnston.[2]
  • 1989: *Bee-Buzz, Salmon Leap (1989), poems, translated by George Johnston.[2]
  • 2002: Missa, poems, translated by Brian McNeil
  • 2005: Judas Iscariot and Other Poems, translated by Brian McNeil
  • 2009: "Selected Poems", translated by Brian McNeil


Ødegård is appointed a Norwegian State Scholar by the Norwegian Parliament as well as a Consul General for the Republic of Macedonia in Norway (1997),[1] and he has received many prizes and awards for his literary work.

National orders[edit]

Foreign orders[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e (Norwegian)
  2. ^ a b "HISTOIRE ADMINISTRATIVE/NOTICE BIOGRAPHIQUE", George Johnston fonds,, Web, 4 May 2011.
Preceded by
Ole Michael Selberg
Recipient of the Bastian Prize
Succeeded by
Herbert Svenkerud