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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   Abdulla Pashew Adel Al sharki الشاعر عادل الشرقي Abdi Abshir Dhoore  Arvi Perttu  Ahmed Zaidan Amir Ezati  Aya Chalabee Andrei Karpin Ainhoa González    Allahmoradi Mohammadamin   Bahaulddin Rawi   Carina Chela               Christelle Mas      Chiman Qaradaxi     Daniel Mo  David Gambarte           Diana Mistera  Daniel Malpica  Farzaneh Hatami Landi     Fatma Nadaf Galina Inkeroinen Hamdam Zakirov           Hassan Blasim  Hashim Matouq    Hope Nwosu José Antonio Ruiz Rubio Juan Rumi       Keme Pellicer Kiamars Baghbani   Leonardo Sevilla  Ljudmila Jakovleva              Maritza Núñez Bejarano Martina Miño Maung Nyein Chan Mehdi Ghasemi Mohsen Emadi  Mohamed Ahmed Haji Omar     Muhaned Durubi Natalja Meri   Oliver Whitehead         Olga Pussinen Olga Svanberg Payam Abdolsamadi Polina Kopylova Rosamaría Bolom Ru Zham Roxana Crisólogo Saad Hadi    Sadik Al-Husseini
Shahla Ezadi
Tanya Tynjälä      
Tao Lin 
Ye Yint Thet Zwe        
Yousif Abu Al Fawz 
Zoila Forss       
* Literary projects  Ljudmila Kol, The literary magazine LiteraruS Rosamaría Bolom, Salasanat monikielinen runo- ja taidetapahtuma Carlos Llamas, Spanish writing circle Una Botella en la mar Camilo Pajuelo § Juan Luis Moreno, Kuunsilta Proyecto para la difusión de poesía iberoamericana contemporánea. * Associations Suomen Venäjänkielisten Kirjailijoiden Yhdistys