Hi, I'm Kalle, a writer from Finland living in New York City.
My first article was published in Finland's largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, when I was 13 years old. A decade and some years later, I now hold an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and have published my journalism and essays in The New York Times Magazine, 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 investigative pieces for The Atlantic was also recently anthologized – alongside work by writers like Malcolm Gladwell and Jenna Wortham – in 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 that essay in 2018 at the Modern Love Live event at Provincetown Film Festival, where The Boston Globe said it was a “crowd favorite.” That reading was also aired as an episode on the Modern Love Podcast on NPR and is now also available on Spotify and iHeartRadio, among other platforms.
You can read interviews of me in Finnish media over at Ilta-Sanomat, Finland’s most popular news source, MTV, Finland’s biggest commercial news network, and Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest daily newspaper.
Before New York, I worked in managerial positions at Penguin Press – one of the most prestigious nonfiction imprints in publishing – and at Demos Helsinki, Finland’s leading nonpartisan think tank.
As a marketer, publicist, and copywriter, I continue to create content and PR for major companies and nonprofit organizations. I also consult several organizations on digital marketing and have advised governmental bodies like the Finnish government’s steering committee for climate communications. My client list includes global digital agency Reaktor, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and Wärtsilä, a global leader in the marine and energy markets.
Nowadays I teach creative writing as well, and have led nonfiction workshops at Columbia University and online at Writing Pad, a Los Angeles-based writing school. I am also available for hire as an independent editor.
This year I was granted an O1 individual of extraordinary ability visa, to continue my work as a creative nonfiction writer in the United States.
For assignments and anything else, feel free to get in touch at kalle.mattila[at]columbia.edu