Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen discusses her new book Third-Millennium Heart with translator Katrine Øgaard Jensen. This new collection of approximately 200 poems explores the confounding nature of power and desire, along with feminist alternatives to patriarchal power structures, in a style that combines black humor and cutting logic.

Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

“Few poets, if any, have renewed Danish poetry in the 21st century the way Ursula Andkjær Olsen has done it.”—2017 Danish Arts Foundation’s Award of Distinction Judges’ Citation

“Third-Millennium Heart heavily underlines the fact that Ursula Andkjær Olsen possesses one of the wildest and sharpest intellects in Danish contemporary poetry.”—2013 Montanaprisen Judges’ Citation


Ursula Andkjær Olsen (b. 1970) was born and raised in Copenhagen. Olsen made her literary debut in 2000 and has since published eight collections of poetry, in addition to several dramatic texts and libretti for operas such as Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s Sol går op, sol går ned, and composer Peter Bruun’s Miki Alone, which was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2008.

Olsen has received numerous grants and prizes for her work, including the prestigious award Montanaprisen for Det 3. årtusindes hjerte (Third-Millennium Heart) and the Danish Arts Foundation’s Award of Distinction in 2017.


Katrine Øgaard Jensen is a translator and writer. She is one of the founding editors of EuropeNow, a journal of research and art at Columbia University, and a returning judge for the Best Translated Book Award (Fiction 2015, Poetry 2016, Poetry 2017). She previously served as editor in chief of the Columbia Journaland blog editor at Asymptote and Words Without Borders.

Her translations have appeared in the Washington Square Review, the Denver Quarterly, Words Without Borders, Asymptote, and elsewhere.



Image courtesy Ursula Andkjær Olsen

MON—MARCH 12—7 PM, free