“I was born in northern Finland, in a small coastal town called Jakobstad. It was a great place to grow up in the nineties, with a vibrant local music scene and lots of cultural activities. I was very much into painting and playing music. When I moved to Helsinki and began studying, I became more and more focused on writing, mostly journalism.
As a teenager, I had two literary heroes: Franz Kafka and Tove Jansson. In a way, they are opposites. One of them writes small, absurdist stories set in claustrophobic milieus, without a larger gallery of characters; the other writes about families, children and adults, set in nature. I think Tove Jansson’s satirical insights into human behavior very much inspire me still.
I divide my time between cultural journalism and fiction writing, and in my fiction I've mostly written about things that are happening now. I like to see myself as a contemporary writer.”
Philip Teir (b. 1980) is Finno-Swedish, and considered one of the most promising young writers in Finland. He has published poetry and short stories, and has contributed to several anthologies.