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Teemu Manninen (Finland)

photo credit: Leena Lahti
photo credit: Leena Lahti

Teemu Manninen (b. 1977, Espoo) is a poet, a translator, a publisher, a literary scholar and a critic from Helsinki. He spent his school years in a small town near Tampere before moving there to attend university. He was on the editorial board of the poetry magazine Tuli&Savu from 2005 to 2008, a doctoral student in the Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies from 2007 to 2010 with Sir Philip Sidney as his subject, and currently writes literary reviews for Helsingin Sanomat, the major newspaper in Finland. Manninen published his first poetry collection, Turistina täällä (Tammi) in 2004, following it with Lohikäärmeen poika (Tammi) in 2007 and Säkeitä (ntamo) and Futurama in 2010. Futurama, which won the Tiiliskivi prize, was published by the poEsia-imprint, a precursor of the esteemed co-operative poetry publishing house Osuuskunta Poesia, of which Manninen is a founding member. Manninen's fifth book, Paha äiti, was published in 2012 by Poesia.