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.
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.
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.
Reykjavík City of Literature works closely with a number of local partners that also have international operations or ties. These are the main ones: