Nanna Storr-Hansen

- Denmark -

Nanna Storr-Hansen (born 1991) has had her work published as early as 2013 with prints in Danish as well as international magazines, with the American literary magazine Shenandoahbeing one. Nanna holds a bachelor in comparative literature from Copenhagen University and a graduated from Forfatterskolen (The Danish Academy of Creative Writing) in 2016, with her first full work of poems Spektakel published in 2017 (Spectacle). She has since written three collections of poetry, with the latest being Bøgetid (Era of the Beech) from 2022 for which she won Montanas Litteraturpris (the Montana Literature Award, 2023) and subsequently the Blixenprisen (Blixen Award) for Poetry of the year (2023). The year 2023 has proven to be fruitful for Storr-Hansens further literary endeavours where she received a three-year work grant by Statens Kunstfond (The National Art Fund).

An official translation of Bøgetid to English is in the works, making way for an exciting and further international exploration of the particular in the universal.

Drawing on inspiration from amongst others feminist theorist Karen Barad, Nanna Storr-Hansen writes hauntingly sober on the interrelations between people and their environment;motherhood, womenhood and nature interacts in a curious and expansive perspective, spanning and pushing our current conceptions of time and space. As an example from Bøgetid the bog is mentioned as a premodern web of information, a place from where we gather information yet also a place from where we need to dig: The bog the first / internet // connected times / and information // of our early / fellow citizens // There is no life / in // the poems / just what // remained


This is a part of Storr-Hansens work to mesh the id with everything and vice versa, everything with the id, and through her poetry she questions the use of language and the art form in a contradictory yet productive sense, giving way for a new and fertile poetry. Storr-Hansen grapples with an ever-present ecological topic in her poetry, gesturing towards a people centered perspective while drawing attention to the limits of language and form. This in an effort to transcend from the particular to the universal: Went into hibernation // with my thick / fur // woke up as / moth as // lamella / a flexible // spore in the cosmos