Naja Marie Aidt

Naja Marie Aidt was born in the small settlement of Aasiaat, Greenland, where her father taught and where the family lived until moving back to Copenhagen when she was seven. As a child she spoke both Greenlandic and Danish. She is the author of eight volumes of poetry, three volumes of short stories, and a novel, all critically acclaimed. In 2008, Aidt won the prestigious Nordic Council Literature Prize for her short story collection Bavian. The collection was published as Baboon in the US (Two Lines Press, 2014, translated by American poet Denise Newman), where it was recently awarded the 2015 PEN Translation Prize. Her novel Sten saks papir is forthcoming in the US as Rock, Paper, Scissors (Open Letter Press, August 2015, translated by American author and literary critic Kyle Semmel). Aidt lives in Brooklyn, New York.