Poet wins prestigious literature prize

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Stavanger-based poet Øyvind Rimbereid was announced the winner of the 2013 Gyldendalprisen on Wednesday, a long-running literature award presented for “especially significant writing.” The 47-year-old is regarded as one of the most original and innovative voices in contemporary Norwegian poetry.

Rimbereid released his first work in 1993, a collection of short stories called It has begun (Det har begynt). He published another story collection and a novel before debuting as a poet in 2010, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) with news bureau NTB.

He has published 10 works in total, and earlier this year became the only Norwegian poet to have twice received the Critics’ prize for best adult fiction.

The NOK 400,000 (USD 67,000) prize is awarded annually by Norwegian publishing house Gyldendal, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Any literary writer is eligible, including children’s authors, regardless of their publisher. It has been known as the Gyldendal prize since 1996, superseding the Gyldendal’s Endowment which was awarded from 1934 to 1995.

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