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Poet shares music and lore of Finnish immigrants


September 27, 2019

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Poet and musician Diane Jarvenpa says "I have found as I have been evolving over the years as a writer and a musician I have been drawn even more to stories of my Finnish ancestors. All my grandparents emigrated from Finland."

For a woman raised in Minnesota, poet and musician Diane Jarvenpa has gained a pretty decent following in her grandparents' homeland of Finland, where she is known as "Minnesotan Satakieli," or the Minnesota Nightingale.

Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jarvenpa will read from her latest book of poems, "The Way She Told Her Story" and perform on the kantele, a traditional Finnish stringed instrument that is plucked, at the Cloquet Public Library.

Jarvenpa said she wrote the book after receiving a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to research Finnish immigrant women stories and their d...

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