Finnish North American Literature Association
Bernhard Hillila earned an AB in Philosophy from Boston University, a degree in
theology from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, an MA in Psychology from
Case-Western University, and an Ed. D. in educational administration from
Columbia University. He has served as a Lutheran pastor in Ohio, Massachusetts,
New York, and Ohio. He has served as president of Suomi College and
Theological Seminary, as seminary dean and director of graduate studies at
Wittenberg University, and as dean of faculty at California Lutheran University. He
is professor emeritus at Valparaiso University and lives in Valparaiso, Indiana. He
has written a book of poetry and published poems in Finnish-North American
anthologies. In addition, he has written two prose works and has translated two
religious works from the Finnish. He passed away early in 2007.
Cutting Edge. Indianapolis, IN: Chimney Hill P., 1996. Poetry. Self Published.
Reheated and Revised: The Sauna Is. 1979. Penfield Books, 2003.
"Angels Are the First to Know.” Schoolfield, George C, Editor. The History of
Finland's Literature. Volume 4 in Histories of Scandinavian Literature Series.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.
“Yrjö Kaarto,” “Hail Mary,” and two other poems. In Michael Karni and Aili
Jarvenpa, editors, Sampo the Magic Mill: A Collection of Finnish-American Writing.
Minneapolis, MN: New Rivers Press, 1989.
“At the Café Engel, Helsinki,” “Sulo,” “Grandfather Eino,” “On a Roll,” and “The
Waist.” Connecting Souls: Finnish Voices in North America. Varpu Lindström &
Börje Vähämäki, editors. Beaverton, Ontario, Canada: Aspasia Books, 2000.