Our team

Juhani Lindholm

Juhani Lindholm

Event Manager

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, the Agricola Prize for his translation of Gravity’s Rainbow, and the Pro Finlandia Medal in 2015.

Riikka Palander

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.

Laura Lahdensuu

Laura Lahdensuu

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.

Reetta Ravi

Secretary, media and publishing

Reetta Ravi is the press officer of the International Writers’ Reunion. She has been participating in the Reunions since 2001, first as a cultural journalist of the Finnish News Agency (Suomen tietotoimisto, STT) and in recent years as the press officer of the
publishing house Siltala.

Minna Pelkonen

Secretary (social media)

Minna Pelkonen (b. 1980) is a book editor and literary freelancer. She has worked for various reading and literacy campaigns both as a content creator and a publicist. At present she is working at the Gummerus Publishers domestic literature department.

Solina Riekkola


Solina Riekkola (b. 1986) is a poet, scriptwriter and teacher of writing who lives in Tampere. She has published a collection of poetry Kysymyksiä Murukille (Sanasato 2016). At night Riekkola creates, reads, writes and edits both in poetry collective Puru and publisher Osuuskumma, which specialises in speculative fiction. In daytime she screenwrites a hospital series.

Jaakko Kankaanpää


Jaakko Kankaanpää is a freelance literary translator English to Finnish. He does both fact and fiction, everything from 18th century classics in economy to modern techno thrillers. He is a fan of the British Isles, folk music and football.

Anna Ikonen


Anna Ikonen (b. 1988) has a MA in Drama Studies. She enjoys writing and research and has a passion for theatre and poetry on both text and performance.

Chia Koskinen


Chia Koskinen has been the press officer of LIWRE in 2013 and 2015, and after that served as an assistant secretary. At the moment she is the operative officer of the Association of Finnish Film Directors (SELO ry.) and a producer in cooperative society
Lilith. Long walks to the forest and seaside with dogs and family both stimulate and calm her.

Saara Metsäranta

Saara Metsäranta (b.1984) is a poet and performance artist from Tampere. She graduated in 2015 (comp. lit., Tampere University) and her work Meitä vasten hukkuneet come out 2018. Metsäranta is attracted by experimental poetry, resonance associations and ritualistic forms of arts. At the present Metsäranta is engaging three-year-long performance series and writing a novel on shame and self-loathing.

Saara Pääkkönen


Saara Pääkkönen (b. 1970) works in publishing as editor of translated fiction. As a side job she translates comics, graphic novels, and children’s books into Finnish. Pääkkönen acted as LIWRE’s International Secretary for the Reunions of 2013 and 2015. She devotes her spare time to music and theatre-going.

Matti Mustonen


Matti Mustonen studied latin and classical philology in the University of Helsinki in the 90’s. He was trained as an archaeological photographer in Greece and Jordania and has worked in Petra and Pompei.

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