Hi, I'm Kalle, a Finnish writer, journalist, and marketer living in New York City.
My first article was published in Finland's largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, when I was 13 years old. It was a travel piece about Venice (and featured gelato galore). A decade and some years later, I now hold an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and have published my criticism, personal essays, and investigative journalism in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Monocle.
I have worked in managerial positions at Penguin Press in London – one of the most prestigious nonfiction publishers anywhere – and at Demos Helsinki, Finland’s leading nonpartisan think tank promoting civic participation and a carbon-neutral society.
As a marketer, publicist, and copywriter, I continue to create content and PR for major companies and nonprofits, including the Finnish government’s innovation fund Sitra, and Reaktor, a global digital agency. I also consult several organizations on digital marketing and have advised teams like the Finnish government’s steering committee for climate communications.
Nowadays I teach creative writing as well, and have run nonfiction workshops in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University, and at Writing Pad, a Los Angeles-based writing school. I am also available for hire as an independent editor.
I’m currently at work on a memoir – a part of which appeared in The New York Times' Modern Love column. Actor Cory Michael Smith read the essay as part of the Modern Love Live event at Provincetown Film Festival this June.
I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch at kalle.mattila[at]columbia.edu or through the link below.