Ron WHITEHEAD & Himeko NARUMI •••••••••✗//////
Ron Whitehead is known as the national poet of Kentucky and a close colleague of Hunter S. Thompson. Whitehead’s distinguished career as a poet and author entails numerous poetry collections, spoken word albums and musical publications.
The Annikki Poetry Festival aims to vitalize contemporary poetics and to put together surprising combinations of performers, as well as redefine the very boundaries of what poetry events can be.
Special Guest Performers
The coming summer will bring an amazing cavalcade of international poets to the Annikki festival stage: Hasso Krull (EST), Ron Whitehead (USA), Gerður Kristný (ISL) and spoken word powerhouse Henry Bowers (SWE). Our lineup of Finnish artists includes names as varied as Sirkka Turkka, Olli-Pekka Tennilä, songwriter Kari Peitsamo, Tua Forsström, Kirsti Kuronen feat. Chatchai, Kari Aronpuro, Heikki Sarmanto & Juki Välipakka, rap-artist Rauhatäti – and the Dada Poetry Generator, provided by the Sanakuva collective. The festival will be hosted by Mona Ratalahti.