poem.a is a book published by artArctica to celebrate our first festival and following the enthusiasm we received from artists all around the world for artArctica. In 2015/2016 we ran an open call for literary material, and spent an entire summer editing and designing an anthology of poetry, prose, journal entries, sketches, comic strips, inspired by people living in or inspired by the Arctic.

In its final form, the anthology features the work of 29 artists from 11 countries in 5 different languages.


poem.a is available for purchase from Lulu.com for £19.99 — all profits will go to supporting artists in our upcoming festival!

The book was edited by Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis and the cover design and graphic design was made by Lorenzö. The cover used artistic material by Nana Sjöblom. Here is a list of all the artists whose work appears in the book:

Rebecca Barfoot, Esther Berelowitsch, Laetitia Bischoff, Rosamaria Bolom, Phil Burns, Eva Desimpelaere, Lisa Erdman, Tuomas Ernamo, Lily Gontard, Lana Hansen, Roope Hattu, Heidi Hehn, Timo Järvenpää, Vili Korkula, Ruth Lera, Joanna Lilley, Christelle Mas, Katherine J. Munro (kjmunro), Jenni Nirhamo, Sarun Pinyarat, Kira Poutanen, Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis, Clea Roberts, David Rothenberg, Kaj Rönnberg, Kasper Salonen, Jessica Simon, Nana Sjöblom (NANA), Anja Skoglund, Joe Zucchiatti, Martin Åkesson.

A book launch event took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 6 October 2016, with a satellite event and North American release in Whitehorse, Yukon, on 22 November 2016. You can listen to an interview of a few of the Yukon participants on CBC Yukon.

Yukon poet Joe Zucchiatti reads his own work at Mac's Fireweed Books in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Joanna Lilley (2016)Yukon poet Joe Zucchiatti reads his own work at Mac’s Fireweed Books in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Joanna Lilley (2016)