In honour of Leevi Lehto

We commemorate and celebrate poet Leevi Lehto with a POETRYFEST! on 6th July 2019 – the day of poetry and summer, and also birthday of Eino Leino, a famous Finnish poet – at Tenho Restobar (Helsinginkatu 15, Helsinki).

Featuring, among others, Mikael Brygger, Karri Kokko, Sirpa Kyyrönen, Miia & Marko duo, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, Outi-Illuusia Parviainen, Olli Sinivaara, Joonas Sojakka, Henriikka Tavi, Olli-Pekka Tennilä, Jarkko S. Tuusvuori. The list will be updated.

During the evening we will see a poetry video by Leevi called “Sanasade” (“Word Rain”) and hear some of his audio recordings.

There will be open mic, max 5 minutes per person. If you wish to read a poem or share your memories of Leevi, please send a message to leevinrunojuhla@gmail.com.

Event is hosted by Miia Toivio and Marko Niemi, and organized by ntamo and Poesia.


Leevi Lehto (1951–2019) was a truly prolific man of letters: a poet, translator, publisher, and much more. He founded the publishing house called ntamo in 2007 and translated John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein and James Joyce into Finnish. His last collection poetry, called Handy McCoystysen rakkauslaulu, was published in June 2019, and his translation of John Keats’ poems and letters will be published later this year.