Leevi Lehto

Leevi Lehto (born in 1951 and living in Helsinki), is a Finnish poet, translator, and programmer. 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 70's) and worked as a corporate executive in communications industry (during the 90's). He is also known for his experiments in digital writing, such as the Google Poem Generator. His translations, some forty books in all, range from mystery writing to philosophy, sociology, and poetry, including  work by Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze, George Orwell, Stephen King, Ian McEwan, Arthur C. Danto, Mickey Spillane, Alexander Dubcek, Josef Skvorecky, Walter Benjamin, John Keats, John Ashbery, and Charles Bernstein. He is currently working on a 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 the yearly Kuopio Sound Poetry Seminar, responsible for the "poEsia" series of poetry books in Finnish (Nihil Interit and Kirja kerrallaan), member of the Editorial Council of Sibila, a Brazilian magazine of poetry, and Contributing Editor for the Electronic Poetry Center (EPC). Beside English, his work has been translated into Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Russian, and Farsi. For more, see www.leevilehto.net.