Emma Toukonen

Emma Toukonen (Hämeenlinna, 1988) is a Helsinki-based student of Finnish literature and a translator from Spanish, a language whose study she began in Mexico in 2007. Toukonen teaches Finnish language and literature in high school. A permanent collaborator of Sivuvalo Platform ry, she has translated several contemporary Spanish-language writers performing in Helsinki. Her latest translations are excerpts from award-winning scholar and writer Cristina Rivera Garza’s novel El invencible verano de Liliana (Liliana’s Invincible Summer), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2024. In March 2024, Finland’s Translators and Interpreters Association awarded Toukonen a Tarja Roinila scholarship for the translation of Argentinian Marisa Martinez Pérsico’s poetry collection Finlandia, slated for publication by Aviador Kustannus.