Kolbein Falkeid

Kolbein Falkeid (born 19 December 1933 in Haugesund, Norway)[1] is one of the most widely read contemporary Norwegian poets. He is known for a lyrical poet's voice that is at once philosophical and approachable.[2]


Since 1962, Kolbein Falkeid has published over thirty titles, including his play The Terrorists (1980), which has been performed in Bergen, Norway at Den Nationale Scene, as well as in Japan, New York City, and Tel Aviv. Falkeid is now retired from a longstanding position teaching Norwegian language and literature at a public school in his hometown of Haugesund on the West Coast of Norway. Earlier he taught Norwegian literature at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms University) in Münster, Germany from 1963 to 1966. Falkeid served on the Research Council of Norway in 1974 and on the Literary Council of the Norwegian Authors' Union from 1978 to 1984. He has served on the Norwegian Language Council since 1978 and on the advisory board of the Norwegian Directorate of Public Libraries since 1984.[3]

Falkeid has in recent years reached a large Norwegian audience both through his own poetry collections and through his collaboration with the Norwegian band Vamp, who have used a number of his texts for their songs' lyrics. Kolbein Falkeid has published Norwegian language translations of poems by a wide, international array of poets such as Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Leopold Senghor, Nicanor Parra, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Falkeid is represented by Norwegian publisher J.W. Cappelens Forlag.


Honors include Norway’s foremost artistic grant, Statens Store Arbeidsstipendium, since 1978; the Cappelen Award, 1985; the Swedish Academy’s Dobloug Prize, 1993; the Stavanger Aftenblad Cultural Award, 1994; the Prøysen Award, 1996; the title of Bergen International Festival Poet of the Year, 1998; the Herman Wildenvey Poetry Award, 2001; and the Norwegian Brage Prize, 2011.

Selected works


  1. Kolbein Falkeid: page about Falkeid on the website of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK
  2. Kolbein Falkeid: page about Falkeid on the website of the Norwegian Playwrights' Association, Norske Dramatikeres Forbund
  3. Kolbein Falkeid: page about Falkeid from the index of Norwegian authors on the website of the newspaper Dagbladet
Preceded by
Lars Saabye Christensen,
Rune Belsvik,
Ove Røsbak,
Karin Sveen
Recipient of the Cappelen Prize
(shared with Arvid Hanssen)
Succeeded by
Inger Margrethe Gaarder,
Fredrik Skagen
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