Finnish North American Literature Association
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Announcing the 2017 Kippis! Contest and
Finland 100 FinnFest Writer Award Winners!
1st Prize $500--Christina Maki for poems:“Sacrifice of Minnesota
Wildflowers,” “The Lady of the Lake,” “The Train Station in Windsor,”
“Making Psychosis Look Easy,” and “My Old French Teacher Was a
2nd Prize $200--Carol Van Der Woude for her short story, “The Last
3rd Prize $100--Greg Watson for his poem, “In the Newborn Intensive
FinnFest USA 2017 will recognize the first-prize winner at a September 22
convocation, and provide time for a reading of the winning entry, a two-night
accommodation at the conference hotel and a free festival registration.
New Book Review
Johnson, J. (2012) The First Day of Spring in Northern
Minnesota: Poems. Northfield, MN: Red Dragonfly
Click here to read the review.
Lesser Mortals is the story of Aino set against the sweep of Finland's history from
its days as a Grand Duchy of the Tsarist Empire through its war of independence,
its fight for survival in the 1939-40 war against Soviet Russia and beyond, with a
touch of intrigue and mystery. Independent minded characters, stalwart and
courageous, often out of time and place people Aino's life from Finland to America
and back again in search of her national identity.
About the author: Brooklyn born and bred, merchant seaman, Korean War era
veteran, news reporter, Columbia graduate, teacher and insurance executive,
John C. Hirsimaki lives in Sonoma, California with his wife and family. Lesser
Mortals is his first novel.
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Paper back: 312 pages
Publisher: Timberhill Publishing (February 22, 2016)