Kjersti-Bjoerkmo (Norway)
Kjersti-Bjørkmo is a Norwegian poet, based in Oslo, Norway. She was born in the Lofoten Islands north of the Arctic Circle and grew up in Tromsø, the world’s northernmost university town. She studied phonetics and linguistics at the University of Bergen and ‘Spanish language studies and Latin American studies’ in Bergen, Norway and in Quito, Ecuador. Besides her profession as a poet, she works for a Norwegian non profit foundation whose paramount object is to protect and promote freedom of expression and the environment for freedom of expression by encouraging lively debate and the dauntless use of the free word.