The Lahti Poetry Marathon is a non-profit association founded in Lahti in 1982. Its’ main goal is to further the art of poetry in Finland. Over the past 30 years it has organised numerous nationwide poetry competitions and events as well as published a variety of poetry anthologies and e-books.
Poetry competitions, books and events
The Lahti Poetry Marathon has organised a total of 20 national poetry competitions. The best poems of each competition has been compiled into an anthology published by the association. The first anthology came out in 1984. Finnish companies and organisations such as Fazer and The Central Union of Agricultural Producers have sponsored the poetry competitions.
In 2013, the association took poetry videos as part of it´s competitive actions. Visual poetry in various forms, as well as other visual arts, has become a permanent part of our events´ program. With the help of visual poetry the association strives to reach out more widely new user groups, especially young people interested in different forms of poetry, as well as other Finnish related populations and immigrants.
Main event of the year is the Lahti Poetry Marathon Festival, held normally in June and taking place in various adresses in the city of Lahti. Poetry Marathons started on 1982 in the Mukkula Manor park and was tradionally organised every second year. Today, the festival has moved to the city center and is organised annually. It is one of the oldest poetry events held continuously in Finland.
The association has had international collaboration since the beginning. Poets and other artists has visited the festival from all over the world: Australia, Japan, South-Africa, Russia, Estonia, Egypt, Irak and Sweden. Developing the international collaboration will be one our most important goals also in the future.
The Future of the Lahti Poetry Marathon
The goal of the association is to continue to support poetry writing and to bring poetry to the modern age. Future anthologies will be available as electronic books and some of the poetry competitions and events will be available on live stream through the internet. Keeping the tradition of poetry alive and passing it to future generations is paramount to us. By making poetry more accessible we hope to inspire as many people as possible to read and write poetry. One of our future goals is to strengthen our collaboration with schools and institutions.
Lahti Poetry Marathon
Office email: toimisto[at]runomaraton[dot]fi
Office tel. +358 44 711 9795
Address: c/o Malski Päijänteenkatu 9 A 215140 Lahti FINLAND