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Photography by Joanna Lindén-Montes

Roxana Crisólogo Correa is a Peruvian-Finnish poet, cultural worker living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She has published poetry books: Abajo sobre el cielo, Animal del caminoLudy D and Trenes. Hochroth Verlag (Berlin, 2017) published a collection of her poetry translated into German under the name of Eisbrecher (Icebreaker). An anthology of her poetry in Italian will be published this year by Seri Editore as Sotto sopra il cielo.

Crisólogo is the founder of Sivuvalo Platform a multilingual literature association aimed to promote and make visible immigrant language literature written in Finland. Currently she works as coordinator in Finland for Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange, a literature project engaged in creating networks for immigrant language writers in the Nordic region.

She is the chair woman in the Leftist Artists’ and Writers’ Association Kiila. Crisólogo is part of La Colectiva a group of poets and artists based in Helsinki that use poetry to experiment its relationship with other forms of language.

Roxana´s poetry plays to rewrite official stories including traditionally silenced voices to construct a new decolonized epic with new heroes, referents and paradigms. Identity is  full of losses. Identity is a field in conflict and a space of power disputes as well colonized bodies in post capitalism era. Roxana is a traveler and her poetry happens where she has walked even though her poetry always returns to Peru, her motherland, because poetry is also her way to return to her roots.  

Roxana´s work and projects have been supported by Kone Foundation, Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI), Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), Kari Mattila Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation (SKR).