Poets Gozo Yoshimasu and Sawako Nakayasu
A Room of One's Own hosts UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies' event featuring two highly esteemed poets from Japan, Gozo Yoshimasu and Sawako Nakayasu, reading from their work! This event is supported by The Japan Foundation, International Programs at the University of Iowa, UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies.
Gozo Yoshimasu is one of the most influential contemporary Japanese poets, and the winner of several major prizes, including the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry, the Rekitei Prize, the Purple Ribbon Medal, and the Order of the Rising Sun. In 2013, he was designated by the Japanese government as a Person of Cultural Merit. His poetry is known for its rich and complex polyphonic structure, making full use of the two syllabaries in the Japanese language, its thousands of variably-pronounced ideogrammatic kanji, words borrowed from multiple other languages, and a variety of symbols. Through this, he has extended the possibilities of Japanese poetry as he continues to explore the ethical foundation of his art, as well as its potential as an event of the genuine. He was a participant in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 1971 and 1987.
About Sawako Nakayasu: Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet and translator who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants (Les Figues Press) and Texture Notes (Letter Machine), and recent translations include Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse) and The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books), which won the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation and the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Her book, Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals, is a multilingual, multi-authored work of both original poetry, translated poetry, and other texts that fall in the vicinity of such.