Kaija Rantakari (b. 1984) is a poet and a bookbinder living in Helsinki.
Her third poetry book Salit (2021) is very concentrated in its expression. It creates powerful poetry of paintings, desire and perception with small shifts.
Her second book Koko meren laajuus (2018) was awarded the Kalevi Jäntti prize and Toisinkoinen prize. It was also a candidate for Einari Vuorela prize. Her first book Mikado (2015) was a candidate for Helsingin Sanomat literature prize.
Rantakari has also translated poems by James Meetze, and they will be published in Poesiavihkot series in the summer of 2021.
Photo: Hanna Syrjämäki