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Arc Poetry - Sigurður Pálsson, Katariina Vuorinen & Janne Nummela

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The Icelandic poet, novelist, playwright and translator Sigurður Pálsson has worked as a professor and cinema producer. His poetry has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of three acclaimed novels and a book of memoirs. He has produced award-winning features and directed TV films and several theatre plays. He has translated 22 titles from French into Icelandic and two plays by Arthur Miller. Pálsson received the Icelandic Literature Award in 2007 and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1990 by the French Government. In 2007 he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.

Born in Janakkala in the Häme region in Southern Finland, Katariina Vuorinen (b. 1976) studied literature in Tampere University. She published her first book, Edith suuteli minua unessa in 2001. With the next two books, Kylmä rintama (2006) and Rouvien ja lintujen talo (2010), she became one of the essential poets of the bohemian publisher Savukeidas. A familiar performer at literary events in Finland and abroad and a teacher of creative writing, she has been the president of the Middle Finland Writer’s Union since 2008 and has worked to bring the Writer’s House in Jyväskylä to the international networks of literary centres.

Janne Nummela was born in 1973 in Oitti, Hausjärvi, and still resides there, although his day job is working as a patent officer in Helsinki. Nummela studied acoustics at the Helsinki University of Technology and computer-assisted composition at the Sibelius Academy. He has published four books of poetry, Lyhyellä matkalla ohuesti jäätyneen meren yli (poEsia 2006), frigiditalvi (ntamo 2008), Medusareaktorit (ntamo 2009) and together with Tommi Nuopponen and Jukka Viikilä the poetic encyclopedia Ensyklopedia (Poesia 2011). Mahdollisen kirjallisuuden seura (The Society for Possible Literature) awarded Ensyklopedia as the best prose work in 2011.

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