Sawako Nakayasu


Boston, MA
Massachusetts US

Author's Bio

Sawako Nakayasu was born in Japan raised in the US, and has also lived in France and China along the way. Her most recent books are The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014), and Texture Notes (Letter Machine, 2010), and recent translations include The Collected Poems of Sagawa Chika (Canarium Books, 2015), and Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015). Other books include Hurry Home Honey (Burning Deck, 2009), and Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals, which is a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She has received fellowships from the NEA and PEN, and her own work has been translated into Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Publications & Prizes

Hurry Home Honey (Burning Deck Press, 2017)
The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014)
Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2009)
Nothing fictional but the accuracy or arrangement (she (Quale Press, 2005)
So we have been given time Or (Verse Press, 2004)
Clutch (TinFish Press, 2002)
Insect Country (B) (Dusie Press, 2007)
Insect Country (A) (Dusie Press, 2006)
Prizes won: 

2009 Best Translated Book Award, NEA, PEN.

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, French, Japanese
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Last update: May 26, 2020