October 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poet Arai Takako and translator Jeffrey Angles will read from their new book, Factory Girls, published by Action Books.  “Arai’s work is a microcosm for the current moment in Japanese poetry: exciting, diverse, socially conscious narrative poems that defy boundaries and expectations, lingering in the memory with stark poignancy.” -Kris Kosaka

Arai Takako is the author of previous poetry collections, including Tamashii dansu [Soul Dance] which won the 2008 Oguma Hideo Prize. Since 1998, she has been an editor for the poetry journal Mi’Te; she has also edited a volume of poems about, and is producing a film connected to, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Arai teaches Japanese and poetry at Saitama University. She is a member of the 2019 International Writing Program, participating courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Jeffrey Angles is an award-winning poet and literary translator of modern and contemporary Japanese poetry and fiction. He is professor of Japanese at Western Michigan University. His visit to Iowa City is sponsored by the UI Japanese Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Obermann Center, and the MFA in Literary Translation.