Niviaq Korneliussen was born in 1990 in Nuuk and grew up in South Greenland. She spent a year in California as an exchange student. Korneliussen started writing in 2013 and is the winner of many writing competitions in Greenland where her debut novel Crimson was first published under the title HOMO sapienne, which she translated herself from Greenlandic to Danish and was nominated for a Politiken literary award and the Nordice Council Literature Prize. In a New Yorker article titled ‘The Young Queer Writer Who Became Greenland’s Unlikely Literary Star’ the magazine called Crimson “a work of a strikingly modern sensibility. A stream-of-consciousness story of five queer protagonists confronting their identities in twenty-first-century Greenlandic culture".