Katri Vala


Katri Vala (1901 – 1944) was a Finnish poet, critic, school teacher, and central member of the literary group Tulenkantajat (The Fire Bearers) with Olavi Paavolainen, Elina Vaara, Lauri Viljanen, Ilmari Pimiä, Viljo Kajava, and Yrjö Jylhä. As a modernizer of the Finnish poetry, she has been generally compared to Edith Södergran. Vala wrote poems that had radical social views and attacked war and fascism. Her brother, Erkki Vala, became a writer and journalist – he edited for some time the magazine Tulenkantajat.


She was born in 1901 in Muonio, and died in 1944 in the Eksjö sanatorium in Sweden.

External links

  • Petri Liukkonen. "Katri Vala". Books and Writers
  • Saarenheimo, Kerttu: Vala, Katri (1901 - 1944) Kansallisbiografia-verkkojulkaisu. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. (in Finnish)

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