Haukur Ingvarsson is the winner of the 2018 Tómas Guðmundsson Literature Award. The award was founded in memory of poet Tómas Guðmundsson and has been awarded by the City of Reykjavík to an unpublished collection of poetry since 1994.
Haukur’s submission is titled Vistarverur and was chosen from 60 anonymous submissions. Though Vistrarverur can be translated as “living quarters,” Haukur suggests the translation Ecostentialism. “Tilvistarstefna means existentialism in Icelandic and vistkerfi means ecosystem,” Haukur explains. “The poems sprung from the emotions that arise from reflecting on global warming.”
“The word itself, vistarvera, indicates a feeling of place and inhabitants, in addition to referring to existence itself and the state of being in it,” reads the award jury’s statement. “All of this comes together in the poems which are characterised by speculations on the connection between the material and the spiritual, emphasising the continuum between the two.”
In addition to a publication deal, the award comes with a cash prize of ISK 800,000 ($6,800/€5,900).