Leevi Lehto at Writers' and Literary Translators' International Conference (Stockholm, June 2008)
|Born||23 February 1951|
Since he made his poetic debut in 1967, he has published six volumes of poetry, a novel, Janajevin unet (Yanayev's Dreams, 1991), and an experimental prose work, Päivä (Day, 2004). He has been active in leftist politics (during the 1970s) and worked as a corporate executive in communications industry (during the 1990s). He is 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 teaches 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.