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Juhana Vähänen (Finland)

photo credit: Heini Lehvaslaiho
photo credit: Heini Lehvaslaiho

Juhana Vähänen (b. 1982, Jyväskylä) is a poet and prose writer from Helsinki. He spent his youth on a farm in Petäjävesi near Jyväskylä, and moved to Turku to study Finnish literature. In 2005, the same year he published his first book Cantorin polyä (Savukeidas), he switched to the University of Helsinki. After working for a stint on the editorial board of the poetry magazine Tuli&Savu from 2004 to 2006 he published two prose works, Kakadu (ntamo 2007) and Nilkka (ntamo 2010). In between them came his second book of poems, Avaa tule (Teos 2008). One of the key figures of the new experimentalism, Vähänen is known also for his poetry blog BigSur ja Surreal, which he considers as one of his major works.