Laila Stien published her first collection of stories, Nyveien, in 1979, and has since become one of Norway’s most acclaimed short story writers. Some of her stories have been translated and published in, among others, McSweeneys and Fiction Magazine. She has written books for children, poetry and one novel Vekselsang, and is also a key translator of Sami literature into Norwegian. She is one of the most prolific and respected short story writers in Norway, with short story collections coming out in 1984, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2010, and 2015. In 2000 she was awarded the Aschehoug Price, and in 2015 she won the price for best short story in a competition presented by the Norwegian public broadcasting (NRK). She holds an honorary degree at the Artic University of Norway in Tromsø.