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Luka Holmegaard (he/they) is a writer based in Copenhagen.
Foreign rights represented by Copenhagen Literary Agency.
Winner of the Swedish Prisma 2023 award for Best Nordic Work. Writer in Residence at University of Southern Denmark 2022-24, supported by the Velux Foundation.
Two times nominee for the Politiken Literary Award.
Holmegaards body of work includes both fiction, essay and poetry.
Holmegaards Look, 2020, is a prose/essay hybrid on clothing, textile, work and transition. It was published by Rosinante/Gyldendal, recieved critical acclaim in Denmark, and is translated into German and published by Weisbooks Verlag.
He has published several novels, and written essays and art criticism for the national Danish newspaper Information. He frequently partakes in collaborations with queer and trans artists in Denmark and internationally.
Quotes from the critical reception of Look:
“One of the best fashion books of 2022… A book that linguistically proves the social explosive power of fashion”
“A radically subjective essay about the fantastic possibilities and the real limits of fashion….Unsorted. Uninhibitedly sensitive. Shimmeringly young. How nice!”
”Bewitchingly queer. Look at the ease with which self-invention and fashion is combined: Luka Holmegaard's LOOK is a narrative masterpiece.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
”Look can be considered a manifesto that takes as its starting point clothing – as expression of identity and as disguise – in order to break with established narratives about gender...It’s also the kind of book I want more of, free in form and free of genre. It is radical in thought and obsessed with its subject, which is approached encyclopaedically, analytically and personally.”
”Look is pervaded by a contagious sense of freedom. Just as a body can wake up one day and realise that its gender could be something else entirely, the book has keenly and bravely decided that it can be as factual, fanciful, serious and political as it likes, without being held back by the uniforms of genre. Navigating clothing, codes and gender can be difficult, but in Look, this struggle becomes wise, refreshing reading.”