Anita Aukee Johnson
Finnish North American Literature Association
Anita Aukee Johnson teaches at Whatcom Community College. She also
continues to study nature-centered and culturally distinct literatures.
"Finnish-American Literature." New Immigrant Literatures in the United
States: A Sourcebook to our Multicultural Heritage. Alpana Sharma Knippling,
editor. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1996.
In this brief article, Aukee Johnson introduces the primary theme in
Finnish-American Literature as a love of nature and an identification with place.
Thus, she traces the relationships of Finnish-Americans to the places in which
they settled which bear strong resemblance to their beloved mother country.
She discusses the work of autobiographers Annie Ruissalo and Helmi Mavis
Biesanz; poets Jim Johnson, Karen Mattson, Diane Jarvenpa, and Marlene Ekola
Gerberick, fiction writers Lauri Anderson and Shirley Schoonover, and multiple
genre writers Carol Ruotsala Staats and Jane Piirto.
Unfortunately, Aukee Johnson does not provide a complete bibliography for the
texts that she cites in the article. Instead, she provides contact information for
FinnFest USA, the Finlandia Foundation National, Finnish American Literary
Heritage Foundation, and North Star Press of St. Cloud.