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Bjorg VIK

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VIK
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Torunn BORGE

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Torunn BORGE (born 1960, Oslo) is already considered an established and well-respected figure in Norwegian literary circles. She is a freelance writer and translator of articles, children's books and cartoons. Her most recent publication is the nonfiction work Fear of God (2000); her poetry collections include An Infinite Durability (1999) and The Interval (1997). She is taking part in the IWP through the US Department of State.

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Brit BILDØEN

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Brit BILDØEN (b. 1962, Aalesund) was trained as a librarian but since her debut in 1991 with the book of poems, Bilde Av Menn (Pictures of Men), she has published eleven books in a wide range of genres, including novels, translations and children's books. She has translated, from English to Norwegian, a selection of Rita Dove's poetry entitled Det Rosa Er I Oss (The Pink Is in Us, 1996), Edith Wharton's famous novella Ethan Frome (2002) as well as selections of Adrienne Rich and H.D.

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