Small Worlds, Big Literature: An Evening with Sjon (Iceland) and Evan Fallenberg (Israel), moderated by James Scudamore (UK)
International MFA program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation in cooperation with Hannesarholt presents a lecture on small-worlds literature by Sjon, readings by Sjon and Evan, and a discussion. The event will be held in English and is free of charge.  Space is limited.

Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic novelist, poet, librettist and lyricist.  His novels The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale and Moonstone have won every Icelandic literature prize and won or been shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literary Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.  In 2001 he was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the film Dancer in the Dark. Sjón is president of PEN Iceland and former chair of Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature.  His work has been published in thirty-five languages.

Evan Fallenberg is the author of the novels Light FellWhen We Danced on Water and The Parting Gift and a noted translator of modern Hebrew literature, plays and libretti. He has won or been shortlisted for, among others, an American Library Association Award for Literature, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the PEN Translation Prize. He teaches at Bar-Ilan University, is faculty co-director of the International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation, and is founder and artistic director of Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center in Old Acre.

James Scudamore is the author of the novels WreakingHeliopolis, and The Amnesia Clinic. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award and been nominated for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Man Booker Prize. He has held two fellowships at the University of East Anglia, was on the MFA faculty of City University Hong Kong and taught on the Guardian / UEA Masterclass scheme and is now faculty member of the VCFA International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation.

International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation 

Evan Fallenberg & Xu XiFaculty Co-Directors
Vermont College of Fine Arts