Juhani Lindholm (b. 1951). Literary translator, president of the Eino Leino Society, Event Manager
of the Lahti International Writers’ Reunion, has translated e.g. Shakespeare, Ian McEwan, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel Defoe, Emily Brontë, Frank McCourt, Herman Melville, Paul Bowles, David Foster Wallace – and Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. He has been awarded the State Art Prize in Literature for his work as a translator, the Finnish J.A. Hollo Prize for his translation of Bengt Jangfeldt’s biography of Mayakovsky from Swedish, and the Agricola Prize for his translation of Gravity’s Rainbow.
+358 50 563 0247
General Secretary, Secretary, Finnish Writers
Riikka Palander (b. 1986) has published three collections of poems, Maa muistaa matkustajan (Sanasato 2010), Sininen punainen (Sanasato 2011) and Seeprakivi (Sanasato 2015). Palader has graduated from the University of Jyväskylä with philosophy as her major. She has worked (among other things) as a freelance journalist and a cultural producer. She was nominated the general secretary of Lahti International Writers’ Reunion in autumn 2016.
+358 44 568 0598
Secretary, Foreign Writers
Laura Lahdensuu (b. 1968) lives and works in Helsinki. She translates literature from Italian, English and Latin. She has received the Premio Flaiano (italianistica) in 2011 for her translation of Quer pasticciaccio brutto de Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda and is currently working on a translation of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso. Laura uses her spare time trying to keep the bichon bolognese Apollo free of worries and tangles.
+358 50 585 7719
Secretary, media and publishing
Reetta Ravi (b. 1962) is the press officer of Lahti International Writers’ Reunion. She has been participating in the Reunions since 2001, first as a cultural journalist of the Finnish News Agency STT and in recent years as the press officer of the publishing house Siltala.
+358 40 032 8300
Minna Juhala is a Helsinki-based major consumer of culture with a particular passion for literature and dance. In the summertime her favorite past-time is gardening in her family’s summer house in Nokia. During her career she has worked in banks, media companies and in cultural pursuits in the Finnish Critics’ Association.