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Risten Sokki

Risten Sokki (b 1954, Norway) is a Sami poet and teacher, whose bilingual debut collection was the Sami candidate for the Nordic Council Literary Prize.

She was born in Kautokeino, where she currently works as a secondary school teacher. Her academic publications include three Norwegian textbooks for Sami-speaking students. 

In 1998, she made her literary debut with the poetry collection Bonán bonán soga suonaid/Jeg tvinner tvinner slektas sener. Her other work includes a children’s book, Mitt rare liv (My strange life), and a collection of short stories, Geadgeloddi, which came out in 2019. Her great-grandfather, Aslak Jacobsen Hætta, was among the leaders of the Kautokeino uprising in 1852, and her family ties to the uprising are explored in Sokki’s writing.

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