In a special event co-sponsored by Canarium books, poet and translator Sawako Nakayasu will read from her poetry and her translations. Her translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa, published by Canarium, is the first comprehensive collection of one of Japan's foremost modernist poets to appear in English. Her most recent book of poetry, The Ants, is described by John Yao as “ a rich, dense mélange of material derived from a breathtaking range of sources, including local customs, mistranslations and science fiction. You get the feeling that she has read everybody, from Gertrude Stein to Andre Breton to Rosmarie Waldrop, and made them her own. A feeling of dislocation, often inflected by a wise humor, spreads throughout the book.” She is also the author of the poetry collection Texture Notes, and the translator of Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face.
Nakayasu was born in Japan, raised in the US, and has lived in France and China. She has received fellowships from the NEA and PEN, and her own work has been translated into Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.