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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. In 1998, her novel Tvillingfeber (Twin Fever) won the Natt og Dag Award for Best Oslo Novel. Her latest novel, Landfastlykke (Mainland Happiness) won The Melsom Prize and the Sigmund Skard Scholarship. She has worked as a newspaper editor, a translator, and consultant for her publisher Samlaget and was a member of the Literary Council of the Norwegian Author's Union from 1996-2000. Most recently, she has been working with the interplay between poetry and dance. She is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.

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