- Current position
- International Secretary at PEN International
Kätlin Kaldmaa is an Estonian poet, writer, translator and literary critic. She has published four collections of poetry “Larii-laree” (1996), “One is None” (2008) and “Worlds, Unseen” (2009), “The Alphabet of Love” (2012), three books for children, “Four Children and Murka” (2010), "The Story of Someone of the Elderly's Daughter” (2016) and “It’s Damn Good to be a Bad Girl“ (2016), autobiographical works of nonfiction, „Happiness is the Matter of Choice” (2013) and “Two Love Stories“ (2017), short story collection “The Small Sharp Knife” (2014) and a novel “No Butterflies in Iceland” (2013).
Collections of her poems have been published in English, “One is None” (2014), Arabic “Geography of Love” (2015), Finnish, “The Alphabet of Love” (2015) and Spanish (2017) “La geografía del amor“, collection of short stories in Hungarian, novel in Finnish, and children’s book “The Story of Someone of the Elderly's Daughter“ in Icelandic. Upcoming collections of poetry in Catalan and short stories in English.
She has written widely on literature, mostly literature in translation, and has translated more than 70 works of world’s best literature from British Isles to Latin America. Amongst translated authors there are Jeanette Winterson, Aphra Behn, Michael Ondaatje, James Meek, Ali Smith, Meg Rosoff, Madeleine Thien, Goran Simić and Gabriel García Márquez. Her own poems have been translated into Arabic, Asturian, Czech, Finnish, French, English, Galician, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish. In 2012 she won the annual Friedebert Tuglas short story award. Kätlin Kaldmaa is the President of Estonian PEN and as of 2016 serves as the International Secretary of PEN International. In 2017 her children’s book “It’s Damn Good to Be a Bad Girl“ was included in White Ravens 2017 catalogue of the world’s most notable children’s books. She is currently working on her second novel.
2016 – Present
2010 – Present
Coordinator of Foreign Relations
Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
2010 – 2016
Estonian first book magazine “Lugu” (“Story”)
2009 – 2011