harry salmenniemi

Harry Salmenniemi was born in 1983 in Jyväskylä and studied Philosophy and Political Sciences in Helsinki, Rome and Melbourne. He worked as an editor-in-

chief for Tuli&Savu, the largest poetry magazine in Finland. He is co-founder of the publishing house Osuukunta Poesia, which focuses on the publication of

avant-garde poetry and prose and is owned by a cooperative of young poets.


Salmenniemi has published several volumes of poetry: Pimeän lehdet (Leaves of Darkness), Kivirivit (Stone Lines), Runojä (Poëms), Texas, sakset (Texas,

scissors), Virrata että (Stream that). He has also edited an anthology of contemporary Finnish experimental poetry Vastakaanon 2000-2010 (Counter

Canon 2000-2010) Many of his poems have been composed to classical music. He has also written an opera libretto, a lettrist film and has written for several theater productions. His first collection of short stories Uraanilamppu (Uranium lamp) was published in January 2017.


Salmenniemi has received several awards, such as the Kalevi Jäntti Prize and Teosto prize. His book Runojä got the award for the Most Beautiful Book of the

Year 2011.