K.B. Thors grew up west of Penhold, Alberta, Canada. A Ukrainian-Icelandic Canadian, she has since lived in Edmonton, Spain, New York, and Toronto.
Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2019. Poems have appeared across Canada, the U.S., U.K., and in Spanish translation.
Her translation of Stormwarning by Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir (Phoneme, 2018), won the American Scandinavian Foundations Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award. Her translation of Chintungo: The Story of Someone Else by Soledad Marambio is available from Ugly Duckling Presse (2017).
She is a graduate of Columbia University's School of the Arts, where she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in Poetry in 2013. A Lincoln Center Poets Out Loud finalist, Vallum Poetry Prize winner and Arc Poem of the Year finalist, she was a Translator in Residence at the Icelandic Literature Center and The Writers´ Union of Iceland in 2017.
In addition to Columbia, Thors has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, the New York Hetrick-Martin Institute/Harvey Milk High School for LGBT Youth, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and the Nordic Language Initiative. A former Girls Right Now mentor, she believes the children are our future and is currently an Academic Director for Great Books Summer Programs at Stanford and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Before moving to New York, Thors worked in a sex-positive, wom@n-positive, and body-positive sex shop. That led to educational engagements on body/language in academia and the community at large, including a prairie-touring theatre production addressing the ways we teach kids about health and sex. She was also a Creative & Literacy Programmer for Edmonton's Public Library and Inner City Children's Programs, fostering creativity and confidence in at-risk youth.
She studied Philosophy at the University of Alberta, writing on the aesthetic experience of nature under Allen Carlson, a pioneer in environmental philosophy. Mentored by Cressida J. Heyes, Canada's Research Chair in Gender and Sexuality, Thors participated in ground-breaking interdisciplinary body philosophy that included a yoga practice built on her background in phenomenology and dance training. Experiential somatics and storytelling continue to inform her interest in expression, politics, epistemology, and sweat.
A former Assistant Editor for Asymptote where she edited a Special Feature on Canadian poetry, she now serves as Translation Editor for Newfound. She also likes editing materials for her Aggie cousins.
You can call her Kara (car-ah, from Karítas) and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.