Siv Cedering was born 1939 in Grelsbyn outside Överkalix. She was a poet and translator, but also an active artist in photography, painting, and sculpture. Her family emigrated to San Francisco when Siv was 14 years old. Siv had an amazing talent for the written word and was very inquisitive. In the spring of 1956, she attended a writing class at San Francisco State University that the beat poet Allen Ginsberg was teaching. That same year, she published her first collection of poems, Dawn, with a small publisher. Siv got pregnant and married a successful data technician, which subsequently paused her career. In the early 1970s, she picked up her poetic writing again and published Letter from the Island, Cup of Cold Water and Mother Is. She got a national breakthrough in the USA and traveled across the country. She held readings, guest lectures and taught writing at universities, had her work showcased at art museums and was featured in many cultural contexts. Siv was a trailblazer with her gracious appearance and wrote openly and straightforwardly about female intimacy. She published a sensual manual, Joys of Fantasy. Aside from her own poems, she translated several Swedish poets into English. Siv also wrote Swedish novels and poetry during the 1980s. In both her English and Swedish writings, memories from the shores of the Kalix river appear. Siv moved to her own house in Amagansett on Long Island after her divorce. In her later works, you can see her style change to a more thoughtful and story-driven lyric with inspiration from Japanese culture, natural science, and astronomy – sometimes with erotic innuendos. She rarely describes the American landscape, instead she brings the reader on her inner journey to the rivers of northern Sweden. Siv Cedering’s poetry is one of the best a Swedish woman has created during the 1900s.
To this day, there are many brave and innovative women in our river valleys. Here are some of the businesses owned and run by strong, prominent women in Heart of Lapland:
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