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Kirsi Kunnas

Finnish author, poet and translator

1924   -  

country of citizenship: Finland
language of expression: Finnish
occupation: writer, poet, children's writer, translator
award received: Kalevi Jäntti Award, Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, Finnish State Prize for Literature, Arvin Lydecken Prize, Tampere Literary Prize, Topelius Prize, Tirlittan Prize, Finnish State Prize for Children's Culture, Väinö Linna Award, Aleksis Kivi Award, Eino Leino Prize
position held: chairperson

Kirsi Marjatta Kunnas (born 14 December 1924 in Helsinki) is a Finnish poet, children's literature author and translator into Finnish. Her extensive oeuvre consists of poems, fairy tale books, drama, translations (e.g. Lewis Carroll, Federico García Lorca) and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into Swedish, English, German, French, Hungarian, Estonian and Polish. She has received several prizes and awards in Finland for her life's work. Kunnas is married to author Jaakko Syrjä. The lead singer and songwriter Martti Syrjä and guitarist Mikko Syrjä of Eppu Normaali are their sons. Her father was the painter, Väinö Kunnas.
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