Beth L. Virtanen
Finnish North American Literature Association
Beth L. Virtanen was raised in Toivola, Michigan, and was educated at the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (A.B.), Ball State University in Muncie, IN (M.
A.), and Michigan Technological University (PhD), and in 2006 she earned an M.S.
in Higher Education Administration from Capella University online. She also
attended Suomi College and Northern Michigan University. She has taught in
Alaska, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nigeria, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Beth Virtanen has published broadly on Finnish-North American Literature, writing
theory and pedagogy, and diaspora literature. She has also published poetry and
“On the Treadmill in Bethel, Alaska.” Short Story. New Orphic Review, Spring 2007.
“Swamp Roses,” Origins and Identity,” Three Words Cost Ten,” and “I Happened to
Lose.” Poems. New Orphic Review, Autumn, 2006.
"At the Train Station in Helsinki." Short Fiction. New World Finn. Winter 2006.
Virtanen, Beth L. Guarding Passage. Poems and photos. Iowa City, IA: Penfield
Virtanen-Armstrong, Beth L. “Talking on His Class,” individual poem. Now Here
Nowhere, 2000. 3(1):18.
Hirvi, Beth L. “Brothers.” Above the Bridge. 1984.
Pertinent Critical Work
Editor, 2009. Finnish-North American Literature in English: A Concise Anthology.
Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen.
Editor. 2008. Landscapes and Soulscapes: On the Literature of Finnish North
America. Special Issue of the Journal of Finnish Studies/Monograph: Aspasia
Books, Beaverton, Ontario, Canada.
2008. “Red, Yellow, Pink, and White: Shades of Ideology in Finnish North
American Writing.” Journal of Finnish Studies. University of Toronto.
2007. “Suomi on Kaunis Maa: Memories of Finland as Cultural Markers in Finnish
North American Autobiography.” Journal of Finnish Studies. University of Toronto.
"Female Poets in the Finnish Diaspora: An Analysis of Identity Presented in Four
Poets' Works." Journal of Finnish Studies 9 (2005): 39-59.