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Martha Ostenso

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Biography

Haukeland, Norway
Martha Ostenso was a Norwegian-born American author, screenwriter, poet and teacher, who with her parents, Sigurd and Olina (née Tungeland) Ostenso, immigrated to United States around 1902. She was raised in small towns across North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada. While still a teenager she taught school in Manitoba before attending the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Later she would attend writing classes at Columbia University and work as a social worker in Brooklyn before returning to Minnesota to teach and write.

Ostenso's first works to be published was a compilation of poems entitled "A Far Land" (1924). Read more...

Writing