Kristiina Ehin is an Estonian poet and short story writer. She has an MA in Comparative and Estonian Folklore from the University of Tartu and in her native Estonian she has to date published seven volumes of poetry, three books of short stories, a retelling of South-Estonian fairy tales and a book of autobiographical reflections. She has also written two theatrical productions as well as poetic, imaginative radio broadcasts, one of which has also been released as a CD. She has won Estonia’s most prestigious poetry prize for Kaitseala (Huma, 2005), a book of poems and journal entries written during a year spent as a nature reserve warden on an otherwise uninhabited island off Estonia’s north coast.
Kristiina has published seven books of poetry and four of prose in English translation. The Drums of Silence (Oleander, 2007) was awarded the British Poetry Society Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation, and The Scent of Your Shadow (Arc, 2010) is a British Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation. 1001 Winters (Bitter Oleander Press) was shortlisted for the Popescu Prize in 2013.
Her plays and broadcasts have also been translated into English and her work, poetry and prose, appears regularly in leading English language literary magazines and anthologies such as Modern Poetry in Translation, The Bitter Oleander, Cyphers, Poetry Ireland Review, Orbis, Poetry Wales, The Stinging Fly, Crannóg and Best European Fiction 2013. She is a highly acclaimed performer of her poetry, prose and drama and travels extensively around Estonia and abroad to perform her work, sometimes accompanied by musicians. She is a member of the contemporary folk group Naised Köögis.
Kristiina lives in Estonia with her husband the musician Silver Sepp, her son and daughter.