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Marianna Kurtto

1980, Finland

I was born in 1980 in Helsinki, where I have lived ever since. As a child, I used to love writing and reading, but I didn’t start writing poems until the age of 18, when we read some poetry at school. That was when I first realised the vast opportunities of language, and that I was actually interested in exploring those opportunities. At 20 I started studying English philology at the University of Helsinki – as I’d always wanted to be a translator – and a few years later I applied for a 2-year creative writing course. I was accepted, and very soon I realised that creative writing, and prose poetry especially, is something I should consider doing seriously. In 2005 some of my poems were accepted for a yearly poetry anthology, which got me in contact with the publishing house WSOY. I started compiling my first collection, which was published in 2006 by the name Eksyneitten valtakunta (”The Kingdom of the Lost”).

An important influence on this books was maps, geography and travellling – a theme which somewhat continued in my next book, Maisemasta läpi (”Through the Landscape”, 2009). By the publication of this second book I had also graduated (as an MA) from the university, and started doing some non-fiction translation work (English-Finnish). My third book, Auringon koko voimalla (”With All the Strenght of the Sun”) was published in 2011. This collection is a semi-fictional reconstruction of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Joséphine – a historical theme that was something completely new for me, but something I loved doing. My latest collection, View-Master, was published in 2012, and contains poetry written in ”broken” and (I hope) humorous language – the basic idea was maybe to try and prove that ”funny” and ”serious” are not opposite poles but can be combined. I have also continued my career as a translator, and I am currently finishing my third novel translation. I have also translated poetry for literary magazines and for a chamber music festival. I have received two literary awards: the Kalevi Jäntti prize for young authors for my first book, and the ”Brick”-award of the University of Tampere for my latest book. I have spent time in several artist residencies around Europe, e.g. in France, Iceland, Italy and Prague. Currently I am working on a poetry script as well as a script for my first novel.

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Authors

Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk
Agnieszka Żuchowska-Arendt
Alenka Jovanovski
Alenka Koderman
Alja Adam
Amir Talić
Andraž Polič
Andrea Brady
Andrej Hočevar
Anja Sredić
Anupama Amaran
Barbara Korun
Barbara Pogačnik
Barbara Siegel Carlson
Bojan Brecelj
Catherine Phil MacCarthy
Ciaran O'Driscoll
Cristina Viti
Darija Žilić
David Brooks
Dejan Koban
Dinko Telećan
Dražen Katunarić
Emilio Coco
Esa Hirvonen
Fiona Sampson
Francisco Larios
Gašper Malej
Gašper Torkar
Glorjana Veber
Goran Janković
Goran Č. Potočnik
Goro Takano
Gregor Podlogar
Hana Kovač
Henning H. Bergsvåg
Hiroshi Hasebe
Christophe Lamiot Enos
Ineke Holzhaus
Irena Šťastná
Isabella Panfido
Ivan Landžev
Iztok Osojnik
Jacek Lenkiewicz
Jan Kuhlbrodt
Ján Gavura
Jana Šnytová
Jani Kovačič
Johanna Venho
John Davies
John O'Donoghue
Jonáš Hájek
Jouni Inkala
Kelly Lenox
Knute Skinner
Kristina Hočevar
Ksenija Premur
Ksenija Jus - Xenia
Lenka Krajnc
Maciej Melecki
Maja Novak
Marcin Warmuz
Maria Jastrzebska
Marianna Kurtto
Marjan Strojan
Mark Whelan
Marta Podgórnik
Martina Komárková
Martina Hefter
Matej Krajnc
Michał Kopczyk
Michele Obit
Milan Jesih
Miroslava Gavurová
Muanis Sinanović
Paddy Bushe
Pamela Uschuk
Paul Polansky
Pauliina Haasjoki
Petra Kolmančič
Primož Čučnik
Radharani Pernarčič
Roberto Nassi
Robin Parmar
Simona Popescu
Slavo Šerc
Srečko Kosovel
Stephen Watts
Špela Drnovšek Zorko
Špela Sevšek Šramel
Tahir Mujičić
Taja Kramberger
Takako Arai
Tatjana Jamnik
Tina Kozin
Tone Škrjanec
Urška P. Černe
Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen
Ville Hytönen
Vlado Kreslin
Willem van Toorn
William Pitt Root
Zlati Čoln 2010