Owen Witesman








Oneiron (Lindstedt, OneWorld, 2018)

The Nightingale Murder (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2018)

Below the Surface (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2017)

Before You Go (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2017)

Fatal Headwind (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2016)

Cruel is the Night (Hämäläinen, Soho Press, 2016)

The Seafarer (Küttner and Tietäväinen, Books North, 2016)

The Knight  (Küttner and Tietäväinen, Books North, 2016)

The Carpenter (Küttner and Tietäväinen, Books North, 2016)

Lithium-6 (Isomäki, AmazonCrossing, 2015)

Death Spiral (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2015)

As Black as Ebony (Simukka, Skyscape/Hot Key, 2015)

As White as Snow (Simukka, Skyscape/Hot Key, 2015)

Snow Woman (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2014)

As Red as Blood (Simukka, Crown Books for Young Readers, 2014)

Black Noise (Hiltunen, Hesperus, 2014)

The Sands of Sarasvati (Isomäki, Into, 2013)

Her Enemy (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2013)

Cold Courage (Hiltunen, Hesperus, 2013)

Copper Heart (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2013)

Wolves and Angels (Jokinen, ICC, 2012)

The Railroad (Aho, Norvik, 2012)

The Human Part (Hotakainen, MacLehose, 2012)

My First Murder (Lehtolainen, AmazonCrossing, 2012)

The Sands of Sarasvati (graphic novel with Lola Rogers, Tammi, 2008)

Hiding Places (Tamminen, Aspasia, 2008)

A Fool’s Paradise (Konkka, Dalkey, 2006)


The Mapmakers’ World: A Cultural History of the European World Map (Nurminen, Pool of London, 2015)

Turku Neighbourhoods (Teerijoki, Savukeidas, 2012)

The Call of the Sagas (Piri, Pirius, 2012)

Hot! Hot! Hot! (cookbook, Bonnier, 2008)

Woven into Memory (non-fiction, Atena, 2006)

Children’s Literature

Tatu and Patu’s Marvelous Christmas (Havukainen and Toivonen, Otava, 2017)

Angry Birds Stella and the Hunt for the Jade Egg (Peltoniemi, Insight Kids, 2014)

Angry Birds Amigurumi (craft book, Rovio, 2014)

Angry Birds Friendship Bracelets (craft book, Rovio, 2014)

Amazing Alex–Beware of the Inventor! (Rovio, 2013)

This is Helsinki (Havukainen and Toivonen, Otava, 2012)

The Animals’ World (Pihlaja, Annexus, 2010)

This is Finland (Havukainen and Toivonen, Otava, in 11th edition, 2007)

Short Fiction

Too many to list (dozens), primarily for the journal Books from Finland.

Other Translation

Dozens of sample translations for numerous literary agencies and publishers in Finland, the US, and UK.


PhD, Public Affairs (Public Management and Policy Analysis), Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2017

2014 Finnland. Translator. International Translator’s Seminar, Frankfurt

2007 Children’s Literature Translation Seminar, Finnish Literature Exchange, Helsinki

2005 MA Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Department of Central Eurasian Studies

2004 Beginning Translator’s Seminar, Finnish Literature Information Centre, Helsinki

2001 BA Linguistics, Brigham Young University


Freelance Literary Translator (Finnish and Estonian) 2001-present

FILI – The Finnish Literature Information Centre, Helsinki, Finland
Translator Training Consultant, 2017, 2018
Translator, Intern, 2004-2005
Web Designer, Virtual Society of Literature – FILI-UNESCO

The Finnish-English Literary Translation Cooperative 2013-present
Website Designer and Administrator. Founding member.

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Adjunct Professor, Romney Institute of Public Management, 2009 – 2010

Indiana University, Bloomington
Associate Instructor, SPEA, 2006 – 2008

Parliamentary Development Project for Ukraine – USAID
Research Assistant, 2006 – 2007

Association of College Unions International, Bloomington, IN
IT support specialist, 2002-2003

The Waterford Institute, Sandy, UT
Project Manager, 2001-2002
Technical Writer, 2001

Brigham Young University, Honors Dept, Provo, UT
Computer Support Representative, 1998-2001


2014 Finnland. Translator. International Translator’s Seminar, Frankfurt
Presentation for Finnish translators on translation contracts.

Translating Finnish Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2011
Led multilingual three-day seminar organized in cooperation with the Burning Bridge Literary Agency, Turku 2011 Foundation, and the Finnish Literature Information Centre.

“Life After Waltari: the Current State and Influence of Finnish-language Literature in English Translation.”
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies Meeting, 2004