Jarkko Tontti is a poet, novelist, essayist and lawyer. He is an Executive Board Member of PEN International and a former president of Finnish PEN. His first poetry collection ‘Vuosikirja’ (Book of Years, 2006) won the Kalevi Jäntti literature prize for young authors, and his poems have been translated into many European languages. He has worked in the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Local Court of Espoo, in the Parliament of Finland and at the University of Helsinki.