Author

Arto Melleri

Finnish author and poet

1956   -   2005

country of citizenship: Finland
languages spoken, written or signed: Finnish
educated at: University of Helsinki, Theatre Academy Helsinki
occupation: poet, writer
award received: Kalevi Jäntti Award, Finlandia Award, Finnish State Prize for Literature

Arto Matti Vihtori Melleri (7 September 1956 in Lappajärvi – 13 May 2005 in Helsinki) was a Finnish poet and writer. Melleri gained fame with the play, Pete Q, in the 1970s. He studied at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki 1976 - 1980. He was granted an artist's Finnish state pension in 2003. Melleri was a diverse writer; his output consisted of poetry, collections of short stories, plays, a film script and an opera libretto. Melleri was an archetype of a Finnish bohemian poet. He was hit by a car in 1998, causing him brain damage which eventually led to his death. Melleri was married to Nadja Pyykkö.
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