Johanna Venho

Finland


I want to look. I want to see things.

Johanna Venho

Johanna Venho (1971) is one of the most prominent poets of the younger generation of Finnish poets. She debuted in 1998 with a collection of Saturn Post (Postia Saturnukseen), where the author explores the theme of motherhood, the bond and the relationship between nature and human beings, and between the adult and the child, in its forms more various. In 2001 he won the Critics Award as "artistic breakthrough of the year" with his second collection "Without map" (Ilman karttaa, 2000). The themes already present in the first collection, here are enriched by features and intertextual dimension of a deep ethical and ecological. In recent years, Venho was also dedicated to children's literature, as evidenced by the books "Oculus and the people of the night " (Okulus ja yöihmiset, 2003), which won both the prize of WSOY and the  Arvid Lydecken Award, Oculus and the house of Livia (Okulus Livian ja talo, 2004), Oculus and the secret of the house of apple (Okulus ja Omenamökin salaisuus, 2006); always of the 2006 the collection of poems and rhymes Puolukkavarvas (Hallux blueberry), a children's book illustrated by Anne Peltola. The collection of Venho, "All of a party" (Yhtä juhlaa, 2006), received many national awards  more prosaic,  with direct references to popular tradition. His latest collection is here, "there is light" (tax on Valo), where the word light can be interpreted both as a noun and as a personal name both as a reference to some extent undefined.

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