James Kurtti
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Jim Kurtti is long-time editor of The Finnish American Reporter. He also serves as director
of the
Finnish American Heritage Center & Historical Archive at Finlandia University
(formerly Suomi College) and has contributed significantly to the maintenance of Finnish
culture in America.

He also boasts the following accomplishments:

- chairman of the Finnish Theme Committee of Hancock (
Finlandia Foundation Copper
Country Chapter), which hosts the annual mid-winter event Heikinpäivä.
Salolampi Foundation board member
- numerous
FinnFest presentations
- taught Finnish in Hancock High School
- board member of the Upper Peninsula Ethnic Music Alliance


”Finnish Culture: Utilizing Ethnic Identity in Strategic Development. In O. Koivukangas,
, Entering Multiculturalism: Finnish Experience Abroad. Proceedings of Finn Forum
VI. Turku, Finland: Institute of Migration, 2002, 104-111.