Lars Nordström was born in 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he lived until 1974. He was educated at the University of Stockholm, Portland State University, and Uppsala University, where he received his Ph.D. in American literature in 1989. He is the recipient of several Fulbright and Swedish Institute grants, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship. In 1988, he settled on a small vineyard in Beavercreek, Oregon, where he farms winegrapes, writes, and translates. Nordström has published poetry, prose, interviews, translations, and scholarly material in books and magazines in many different countries.
Ernst Skarstedt (1857-1929)
Ernst Teofil Skarstedt was the first author and newspaper publisher to publish in Swedish in Oregon. He was born in 1857 into a prominent church family in the province of Bohuslän, Sweden. Ignoring his father's wish that he follow an academic career, Skarstedt immigrated to the United States in 1878 …
Samuel Magnus Hill (1851-1921)
Samuel Magnus Hill came to Oregon in 1915 as minister of the Swedish Carlsborg congregation in Colton. A poet, pacifist, and retired schoolteacher, he served a large number of Swedish congregations in the state. Hill was born Samuel Magnus Samuelsson in 1851 to poor, landless farm workers in the province …
Vi Gale (1917 -2007)
Oregon poet and publisher Vi Gale was born Viola Håkansson in rural Noret along the Västerdal River in central Sweden. In 1923, the last year of major Swedish immigration to the United States, her family came through Ellis Island, where their name was changed to Hokenson. They settled in Clatskanie, …