Harri Hertell

Harri Hertell is a Helsinki-based Finnish poet, cultural manager, DJ, and organizer of poetry events. He has published seven books of poetry, a non-fiction book about stage poetry, and four spoken word -recordings. His first poetry book for children will be published in 2022. His poems have been translated into several languages, and he has…

Harri Hertell is a Helsinki-based Finnish poet, cultural manager, DJ, and organizer of poetry events. He has published seven books of poetry, a non-fiction book about stage poetry, and four spoken word -recordings. His first poetry book for children will be published in 2022. His poems have been translated into several languages, and he has performed in many European countries. He also works as a stage poetry instructor.

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.


Chia Koskinen LIWRE 2022

Chia Koskinen

General Secretary, Finnish Writers

Chia Koskinen has a rich history with LIWRE, having served as the press officer in 2013 and 2015, followed by her role as an assistant secretary. She finds inspiration during long walks in the forest and by the seaside, accompanied by her dogs and family. By day, she’s a project professional and service designer at KOVAMENO coop.

In January 2022, Chia Koskinen was honored to be nominated as the general secretary of the Lahti International Writers’ Reunion. Now, in 2024, she’s leading her second LIWRE meeting. Her passion for literature and commitment to fostering connections make her an invaluable part of our team.


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.


Nana Arjopalo

Nana Arjopalo

Assistant

Nana Arjopalo is employed as a university instructor of English, and as a team leader of English and intercultural communication. She has experience in translating both fiction and non-fiction texts. Nana holds a doctoral degree in English, with her research centered on the literary double in Bengali American contemporary fiction, reflecting her interest in postcolonial literature. In her free time, you can often find Nana at an ashtanga yoga studio, at the cinema, or at the theater.


Harri Hertell

Harri Hertell

Assistant

Harri Hertell is a Helsinki-based Finnish poet, cultural manager, DJ, and organizer of poetry events. He has published seven books of poetry, a non-fiction book about stage poetry, and four spoken word -recordings. His first poetry book for children will be published in 2022. His poems have been translated into several languages, and he has performed in many European countries. He also works as a stage poetry instructor.


Minna Juhala

Assistant

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 and media companies.


Saara Pääkkönen

Assistant

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.


Mayu Saaritsa

Assistant

Mayu Saaritsa (b. 1986) translates from Japanese to Finnish. She has translated poems, novels, graphic novels and children’s literature. She has also collaborated in producing poetry events and promoted Finnish-Japanese literary exchange. She studied in Japan 2008–2013 and graduated majoring in Japanese literature.


Ilari Väkiparta

Assistant

Ilari Väkiparta (b. 1994) is Helsinki based poet and writer and a member of Helsinki Poetry Connection. He enjoys writing and performance poetry and has a passion for spoken word and slam poetry on both text and performance.


Anni Korppinen

Trainee

Anni Korppinen is a tourism intern from Koulutuskeskus Salpaus and performs a marketing competence demonstration during the event. Anni is interested in crafts and literature and spends a lot of her free time among them.


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