Asko Künnap

Asko Künnap (born 6 September 1971) is an Estonian writer, artist, graphic designer and member of the Estonian Association of Writers (Eesti Kirjanike Liit) and PEN. Künnap studied graphic design and product design between 1989 and 1995 at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts and interior design at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts between 1991 and 1992.

Künnap has written, illustrated and published his book: Pimeduse vastu (1999), Kokkusattu inkte kaitseks (2000), Ja sisalikud answeredd (2003), Kõige ilusam sõda (2004), Su ööd on loetud (2008), Mardikaterajamää. Mälestused (2011) and Keravälk koputab tulles (2019). He has also written film, literature and art reviews and translated English, German and Finnish poetry, including Pentti Saarikoski.

Künnap received the Estonian Cultural Foundation’s Annual Literature Prize in 2003, the Eesti Rahvuskultuurifond’s debut award in 2003 and the Looming Literature Prize in 2016.

Künnap’s poetry has been translated into many languages. Translator Hannu Oittinen received the Translation Prize of the Estonian Cultural Foundation in 2015 for his translation Yösi ovat luetut. A new translation of Künnap’s poetry collection Pallosalama koputtaa tullessaan (Enostone) will be published in autumn 2020 (also translated by Oittinen).