About Sawako Nakayasu:

Short bio:

Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation – separately and in various combinations. She has lived mostly in the US and Japan, briefly in France and China, and translates from Japanese. Her books include The Ants, Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry), and Costume en Face (a translation of a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations). She is co-editor, with Lisa Samuels, of A Transpacific Poetics, a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She teaches at Brown University.


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Photo: Mitsuo Okamoto


sawako at g mail dot com

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