Translators from Icelandic

A list of active translators from Icelandic into several languages, some information about them and their translations.


Meg Matich

English Enska

She earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University's prestigious Creative Writing and Literary Translation program, going on to receive a Fulbright grant to Iceland.

She's received grants and fellowships for her work from organizations like the DAAD, UNESCO, PEN, and the Fulbright Commission and has translated poetry for UNESCO. She recently attended LitTransformer in Lviv, Ukraine as a representative of Reykjavik UNESCO.

Selected Translations

Among other projects, Meg has collaborated with poet Magnús Sigurðsson on an anthology of Icelandic poetry for The Cafe Review (Summer 2018) and translated a book of essays dedicated to the world's first democratically elected female president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (2019)


Cold Moons (2017 Phoneme Media/Deep Vellum) by Magnús Sigurðsson is Meg Matich's first full-length translation. Her translation of Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir‘s Magma will be published U.S. by Grove Atlantic and Picador in 2020.


Meg is one of few immigrant members of the Icelandic Writers' Union. She is also a member of the Author's Guild.


Meglenska,” the name of her small business, is an homage to the strange journey of coming to know herself through Icelandic.