Stina INGA

I was born in Giron/Kiruna, the Swedish part of Sápmi, 1974. I grew up in a traditional reindeer herding family and I still live among the reindeer herders. My native language is Sámi and it is the language I speak on a daily basis. My parents taught me to live close to nature and all about our land, the reindeers and our history and ancient religion, although we lived among the Swedish people. 

I have never doubted what or who I am. I have always been a Sámi, with my own language, my own culture, my own religion and our own land. It has sometimes been hard growing up and living with racism and the struggle to be allowed to live our traditional life. My way to support my people is to write and try to keep our language and traditions alive, but I also want my people to start talking about the things that are hard and difficult to speak about. I want to give the silenced a voice.

 

Poetry books: 

  • Ferten eallima joksat, DAT 1995 
  • Skilli čoavdagat čoavjji dievva/Med magen full av skramlande nycklar, Författarens Bokmaskin 2009. 
  • Jámán oaneghis bottu – Jag dör en kort stund, DAT 2016. 
  • dego Stálu lávžegihput – som björkarnas häxkvastar, DAT 2020 

 
Antologies:  

  • Beyond the Wolf Line. An Anthology of Sami Poetry, Making Waves 1996  
  • Göra upp eld, Glesbygdsverket 1996 
  • Juoga mii geasuha. Sámi girječálliid searvvi antologiija, Davvi Girji 2001 
  • Taste of Paper. Anthology of Texts from the Young Writers Meeting in Visby 2002, Östersjöns författar- och översättarcentrum 2002  
  • Nio, Black Island Books 2002  
  • Bágos báhkuj / Sánistat sátnái / Baakoste baakose / Ordagrant, red Pär Hansson, Johan Sanberg Mcguinne, 2022
  • Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Orfeu - Livraria Portuguesa
  • Scottish Government EU Office
  • Leeuwarden Europan Capital of Culture 2018
  • Spain Arts and Culture - Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium
  • It Skriuwersboun
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Embassy of Andorra
  • Greenland Representation to the European Union
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • LOFT 58
  • Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Ville de Bruxelles
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • Greenlandic Writers Association
  • Commission européenne
  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • Instituto Cervantes Brussels
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Belgium
  • Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Lithuanian Culture Institute
  • Yunus Emre Institute
  • MuntPunt
  • Swedish Institute
  • LUCA School of Arts
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren
  • Hungarian Cultural Institute Brussels
  • Danish Cultural Institute