Reykjavík City of Literature works with partners both locally and on an international level. Reykjavík’s sister Cities of Literature  in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Dublin, Edinburgh, Iowa City, Melbourne, Norwich, and Krakow, are its main partners, but Reykjavík also works with organizations and institutions on projects, either long- or short term ones.


Reykjavík City of Literature works with Goethe-Institut in Copenhagen on a residency program that allows German writers to dwell in Reykjavík for a few weeks time.
The first two writers, Volker Altwasser and Finn-Ole Heinrich, stayed in Reykjavík in the spring and summer of 2012. This program will continue, and in spring and summer 2013 comic book writer Dirk Swieger and the team Eva Kretschmer & Ulrike Olms will recide and work in Reykjavík.
Here you can read an interview with Finn-Ole about his stay in Reykjavík (in German).
Goethe-Institut is an international organisation with hundreds of branches across the globe, one of them in Copenhagen. The Copenhagen branch also serves Iceland. The organization promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. It also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.

International Cities of Refuge Network

Reykjavík joined the Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) in 2011. The first writer to reside in Reykjavík hosted by the program is the Palestinian writer and journalist Mazen Maarouf.

Mazen Maarouf’s latest poetry book, titled An Angel Suspended on the Clothesline, was published in Lebanon in 2011. He has performed several poetry readings in Lebanon and participated in many international literary festivals. Mazen’s work has been translated into numerous languages.


See an article by Mazen from August 2012 in Aljazeera

Watch a video of Mazen Maarouf reading his poetry at Reykjavik City Library in the fall of 2012.
A film about Mazen Maarouf: Hand Made. In the series Poets of Protest.