Marianna Kurtto (b. 1980) studied creative writing and English philology. A translator and an acclaimed poet, her debut The Kingdom of the Lost (Eksyneitten valtakunta, WSOY 2006) won the Kalevi Jäntti Prize in 2006 and was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat literary prize the same year, followed by the Tiiliskivi Prize for View-Master (WSOY, 2012) in 2013. Her novel Tristania (WSOY 2017), her first work of long-form fiction was nominated for the Nordic Coucil Literature Prize in 2019. She lives in Helsinki.