Mao Alheimsdóttir received the New Voices Grant from the Center for Icelandic Literature in 2021 for her novel Veðurfregnir og jarðarfarir, which is her first book. Her writing has previously been published in Tímarit Máls og Menningar. Mao is from Poland and writes in Icelandic. In her writings, she has, among other things, discussed her own origins. She is a working artist and has been involved in various stage works, including Ástarbréf til Kantors and Ég kem alltaf aftur.
Mao takes part in two events: Home and Away and also Icelanders’ Self-image in Literature and a Different Perspective.