Author: John Smistad

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John Smistad is a published author of short stories, poems, essays, and movie reviews. He lives and loves with his family and cat in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. He is the fiercely proud son of a native Norwegian dad. (He loves his mom, too.) You can follow him as on his blog at


John Smistad reviews
Trapped, a mystery series from Iceland where two police officers work to
solve murders that happen in a small town.

Oskar’s America

John Smistad writes about Oskar’s America, a film about a 10-year-old Norwegian boy who plans to build a craft to sail to the United States.


John Smistad reviews Violent, a 2014 Norwegian film directed by