Author: John Smistad

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
Troll Hunter movie poster


Film critic John Smistad shares his review of the Norwegian trip flick “Trollhunter” about a crew of Norwegian college students hunting trolls.

lutefisk wars

The Lutefisk Wars

Norwegian mafia families and lutefisk may be suprising ingredients for a comedy, but we think you’ll be giggling while watching The Lutefisk Wars.

The Sunlit Night

The Sunlit Night

John Smisted reviews the film The Sunlit Night, written by Rebecca Dinerstein, an American poet who spent time in the Lofoten islands.

Halfway House

John Smistad’s Halfway House is original fiction, pusblished in the Jan. 28, 2018 New Year’s edition of The Norwegian American.