Niviaq Korneliussen

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Niviaq Korneliussen
Niviaq Korneliussen (2016)
Niviaq Korneliussen (2016)
Born (1990-01-27) 27 January 1990 (age 33)
Nanortalik, Greenland
LanguageGreenlandic, Danish

Niviaq Korneliussen (born 27 January 1990) is a Greenlandic author writing in Greenlandic and Danish. Her 2014 debut novel, HOMO sapienne was written and published in Greenlandic, as well as in a Danish translation by the author.


Korneliussen was born in Nanortalik, Greenland.[1] She studied social sciences at the University of Greenland and then psychology at the University of Aarhus, but ended up dropping out of both programs as her writing career launched.[2]

In 2012 she took part in the Allatta! writing project, which encourages young Greenlanders to write literature that reflects their lives. Korneliussen's short story, “San Francisco," was one of the 10 Allatta! works published in Greenlandic and Danish in the project's 2013 anthology.[3]

Her 2014 debut novel Homo Sapienne focuses on the lives of five young adults in Nuuk. It was noted for both its use of modern storytelling techniques and for its portrayal of LGBTQ+ people in Greenlandic society.[4] As a lesbian, Korneliussen said it was important for her to write about gay life in Greenland because she had never encountered anything about homosexuality in Greenlandic literature.[5]

HOMO sapienne was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Politiken Literature Award in 2015 and has subsequently been published in English, French,[6] German, Swedish, Norwegian and Romanian.[7]

She also published the book Flower Valley (Danish: Blomsterdalen). In 2021, Korneliussen won the Nordic Council Literature Prize for it. In 2022, Peter Olsen presented Korneliussen a cultural award for her writing.[8]


  • "San Francisco"
    • published in Inuusuttut — nunatsinni nunarsiarmilu (2013). ISBN 9788792790187
    • published in Ung i Grønland — ung i verden (2015). ISBN 9788792790439
  • HOMO sapienne (2014). ISBN 9788792790446


  1. ^ "Korneliussen, Niviaq". Inuit Literatures ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᒍᓯᖏᑦ Littératures inuites. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  2. ^ Kembrey, Melanie (26 April 2019). "Niviaq Korneliussen on growing up gay in Greenland and her breakout book". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Allatta! — Let us write!". NAPA/Nordens Institut i Grønland. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  4. ^ Gee, Alastair (31 January 2019). "The Young Queer Writer Who Became Greenland's Unlikely Literary Star". The New Yorker. New York City, New York. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  5. ^ Scherrebeck, Emil Eggert (15 November 2014). "'Danmark har lært mig mere end at lave brun sovs'" ["Denmark has taught me more than making brown sauce"]. Dagbladet Information (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Homo Sapienne". Inuit Literatures ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᒍᓯᖏᑦ Littératures inuites. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  7. ^ "HOMO sapienne". Milik Publishing. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  8. ^ Veirum, Thomas Munk (21 June 2022). "Korneliussen og Kreutzmann får kulturpriser". Sermitsiaq.AG (in Danish). Retrieved 28 June 2022.