Hi, I'm Kalle, a Finnish writer, journalist, and marketer living in New York City. My reporting focuses on the intersections of business, culture, and technology.
I got my first article published in Finland's largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, when I was 13 years old. It was this travel piece about Venice and featured a lot of gelato.
A decade and some years later, I 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, The Paris Review, and Monocle. My work has been translated to Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Thai. One of my investigations for The Atlantic was also recently anthologized in the course book Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers published by Bedford/St. Martin’s.
I am currently at work on a memoir – a chapter of which appeared in The New York Times' Modern Love column. Actor Cory Michael Smith performed the essay this summer at the Modern Love Live event at Provincetown Film Festival. Boston Globe described it as “a crowd favorite.” The reading was later aired as an episode on the Modern Love Podcast on NPR.
I am currently seeking representation for the book.
Before New York, I worked in managerial positions at Penguin Press in London – one of the most prestigious nonfiction division in the publishing industry – and at Demos Helsinki, Finland’s leading nonpartisan think tank that promotes 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 too, and have taught nonfiction workshops at Columbia University, and at Writing Pad, a Los Angeles-based writing school. I am also available for hire as an independent editor.
Get in touch, I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at kalle.mattila[at]columbia.edu