About Sawako Nakayasu:

Short bio:

Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet, translator, and occasional performance artist who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014), Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015), as well as unconventional translations such as Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations, and Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (Rogue Factorial, 2011), a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She is co-editor of A Transpacific Poetics (Litmus Press, 2017), a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She has also performed on Japanese television as a poetry judge, in a re-enactment of Yvonne Rainer’s Grand Union Dreams (dir. Yelena Gluzman), and in Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraphs 4 & 7 from The Great Learning (dir. Tomomi Adachi). She teaches at Brown University.


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Photo: Mitsuo Okamoto


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Articles & Interviews:

Article in Hyperallergic by John Yau

Interview in The Conversant with Cristiana Baik

Interview in The Aviary With Hitomi Yoshio & Steven Karl

Interview in ASK/TELL with Thomas Fink, re: Texture Notes