In recent years writers and poets from different continents with different backgrounds have come to live in Finland due to various reasons. Some of them have managed to learn Finnish or Swedish fluently and dare to write in the language of their adopted homeland. A few have succeed to publish books in Finnish editorials and to win important Finnish literary prizes, traditionally reserved for Finnish authors.
Other authors have decided to continue writing in their mother tongues and are now making efforts to get an audience, even when their work has not been translated into the official languages. Some of them consider self-publishing or electronic publishing formats as an option to make a career in literature, while others try to find possibilities abroad.
Until now, the literary work of writers and poets writing in other languages, stays isolated and invisible, because there is a problem with obtaining translations. The result is a lack of publications and a lack of readers. Writers and poets overcome these obstacles by publishing in various platforms to generate creative ways to make their literary work visible.
Gradually all of these published and non-published authors began to be actively involved in the local literary field and to take part in the networks of Finnish writers, in events organized by traditional literary frameworks and by constructing new spaces, new scenarios and projects to share and present literary work written in other languages.
The Sivuvalo project collects information about authors, writers and poets living in Finland and about their initiatives and projects. The aim is to make visible the valuable literary work produced here. With this Sivuvalo expects to attract attention of the Finnish literary institutions and cultural policy makers and to make them realize that this issue is a question of equality. Writers and poets living in Finland and writing in other languages than the official languages, should have the same rights and possibilities as the authors, who write in Finnish and Swedish.
* Poets and writers
Maung Nyein ChanShahla Ezadi Tanya Tynjälä Tao Lin Ye Yint Thet Zwe Yousif Abu Al Fawz Zoila Forss
* Literary projects
Ljudmila Kol, The literary magazine LiteraruS
Carlos Llamas, Spanish writing circle Una Botella en la mar
Camilo Pajuelo § Juan Luis Moreno, Kuunsilta Proyecto para la difusión de poesía iberoamericana contemporánea.