Leevi Lehto

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Leevi Lehto
Leevi Lehto at Writers' and Literary Translators' International Conference (Stockholm, June 2008)
Leevi Lehto at Writers' and Literary Translators' International Conference (Stockholm, June 2008)
Born(1951-02-23)23 February 1951
Asikkala, Finland
Died22 June 2019(2019-06-22) (aged 68)
Helsinki, Finland

Leevi Lehto (23 February 1951 – 22 June 2019) was a Finnish poet, translator, and programmer.


After making his poetic debut in 1967, he published six volumes of poetry, a novel, Janajevin unet (Yanayev's Dreams, 1991), and an experimental prose work, Päivä (Day, 2004). He was active in leftist politics (during the 1970s) and worked as a corporate executive in communications industry (during the 1990s). He was also known for his experiments in digital writing, such as the Google Poem Generator.

His translations, some forty books in total, range from mystery writing to philosophy, sociology, and poetry, including work by Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze, George Orwell, Stephen King, Ian McEwan, Josef Skvorecky, Walter Benjamin, John Keats, John Ashbery, Mickey Spillane and Charles Bernstein. His latest work is the new Finnish translation of Ulysses by James Joyce.

He taught poetry at the Critical Academy (Kriittinen korkeakoulu) in Helsinki and is Chairman of the Planning Group for the yearly Helsinki Poetics Conference, member of the Planning Group for Kuopio Sound Poetry Seminar, responsible for the "poEsia" series of poetry books (Nihil Interit and Kirja kerrallaan), member of Editorial Council of Sibila, the Brazilian magazine of poetry, and Contributing Editor of US-based Electronic Poetry Center (EPC). Leevi Lehto's first volume of poetry in English, Lake Onega and Other Poems, is published by Salt Publishing in November 2006.

Lehto died of multiple system atrophy on 22 June 2019, aged 68.[1]


  1. ^ "HS: Kirjailija Leevi Lehto on kuollut 68-vuotiaana" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.

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