Born in Iceland, Vala Hafstad majored in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Washington. She has spent most of her adult life in the United States, mainly in Minnesota. News Muse is Hafstad’s first book, but many of her poems have been published on Poetry24, a news-related poetry website, as well as in literary journals in Iceland and Canada. She is a columnist for Iceland Review Online.
News Muse is a collection of news-related, humorous poems. Strange news inspires the author to write poems full of humor, wordplay, rhythm and rhyme. The subject matter is anything but the ordinary. One poem describes the text message of a desperate cow to her beloved; another tells the story of a tourist participating in the search for herself in Iceland. Includes links to the inspiring articles.