UPCOMING EVENTS are now updated here.




⚫︎ Saturday, January 20, 2018, 4:30-6:30

Segue Reading Series

Reading with Julia Bloch


⚫︎ Monday, February 19

Kelly Writers House


⚫︎ Thursday, March 22

University of Arizona Poetry Center



⚫︎  Thurs-Sat, October 19-21

Tucson, Arizona

Thinking Its Presence Conference


⚫︎ Fri-Sun, October 27-29

ASA/P Conference


⚫︎ Friday, October 27 at 8 PM10 PM

644 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609

Poetry Reading

with Tonya M. Foster, Angela Hume, ASSamia Rahimtoola, MG Roberts, Jennifer Scappettone, Lindsay Turner, Stephanie Young


⚫︎ Tuesday, November 14, 6pm

VOCARIUM READING SERIES – with Eleni Sikelianos & Monica de la Torre

Woodberry Poetry Room

Harvard University, Cambridge MA


⚫︎ Monday, December 4, 7-9pm

And/With Litmus: Myung Mi Kim, Sawako Nakayasu, & Jai A. Ravine

Abron Arts Center



⚫︎ Saturday, January 20, 2018, 4:30-6:30

Segue Reading Series

Reading with Julia Bloch


⚫︎ Monday, February 19

Kelly Writers House


⚫︎ Thursday, March 22

University of Arizona Poetry Center


AWP 2014

Seattle, WA

February 26 — March 2, 2014


★  Ring of Fire, New Creations: Translations on the Pacific Rim I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women.

Sawako Nakayasu,  Prageeta Sharma, Neil Aitken, Karen An-hwei Lee (Moderator)
Thursday, February 27

1:30-2:45 PM
Location: Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level

Contemporary Asian American poets discuss their strategies and experiences in translating poetry from nations of the Pacific Rim, sharing insights on methodology, collaborative process, cross-cultural representations, and experimental forms. Transcending the conventions of fidelity or transparency, the investigations of these poet-translators go beyond the question of what is “lost in translation” to consider the potential of translations as entirely new creations. A respondent will present closing remarks prior to a question and answer session.


Friday, February 28

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Location: Les Figues tables K9 and K10 at the bookfair



Thursday, February 27
7:00-10:00 PM
Burnside Review, Four Way Books, Canarium Books, and Lana Turner Reading
Other authors reading: Ed Skoog, Ralph Angel, Jeff Alessandrelli, Paula Cisewski, David J. Daniels, Brian Komei Dempster, Karen Brennan, Joy Katz, Ish Klein, Tod Marshall, Christopher Mattison, Richard Greenfield, Sara Deniz Akant, and Jessica Laser
Location: Freemont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Friday, February 28
7:00 PM
Drunken Boat, Les Figues, Ugly Duckling, Ahsahta Reading
Authors also reading: Chris Tysh, Melissa Buzzeo, Laura McCullough, Alvin Pang, L.S. Klatt, Diana Thow, Kathleen Jesme, David Bartone, Stephanie Strickland, Phil Cordelli, Lilly Brown, Michael Ruby
Location: The Alibi Room, 85 Pike Street #410 (in Post Alley), Seattle, WA 98101




Saturday, March 2, 13:30-16:55

TV appearance! On Japanese TV (日テレ)as a poetry judge on a game show.


AWP 2011

Chicago, Illinois

Feb 29 — March 3, 2012


★  I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women.

Vanessa Place, Bhanu Kapil, Mónica de la Torre, Sawako Nakayasu, Rosmarie Waldrop
Friday, March 2nd, 3:00-4:15
Grand Ballroom, Palmer House Hilton, 4th Floor

★  Writers and the Moving Image: Off the Page.
Annie Guthrie, Claudia Rankine, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Dan Waber, Sawako Nakayasu
Thursday, March 1st, 4:30-5:45
Lake Michigan, Hilton Chicago, 8th Floor

Poetry Reading
The Poetry Project, NYC
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – 8pm
★ Reading with Charles Alexander


The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University
Thursday, March 8, 4:30pm
The Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU (free admission)
★ Reading & talking on translations from contemporary Japanese poetry

Poetry Reading
Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm
Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street
★ Reading with Michael Cross

Queensland Poetry Festival
★ Brisbane, Australia
August 26-28, 2011


INSECT COUNTRY F: Structured Improvisation with Dance and Poetry

Whenever Wherever Festival 2011

8/4/2011, 19:00, ¥1500

Asahi Art Square

★ Featuring: Chico Katsube (dance), Shoko Kashima (dance), Kiriu Minashita (poetry), Mimi Hachikai (poetry), Yoko Ishiguro (insect), Hirokazu Kouchi (human).


Wednesday March 30, 5pm
LOUNGE #18 Reading
Old Government House Lounge
★ University of Auckalnd City Campus
Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant


March 9, 2011 3-4pm University of Auckland, Department of English, Seminar

AWP conference, 2011

Washington DC

★ Innovations, Migrations, and Translations: Contemporary Poetry in Tokyo

with Judy Halebsky, Kyong-Mi Park, Yuka Tsukagoshi, Mariko Nagai, Holly Thompson
…plus various offsite events


Sunday, October 10, 2010   2pm

★ Interlingual Poetry Reading

Japan Writers Conference


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

★ a re-staging of Yvonne Rainer’s Grand Union Dreams, directed by Yelena Gluzman

Yotsuya Art Studium


Sunday, October 17, 2010  5:00pm – 8:00pm

Les Figues Auction (donation)

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

★ My piece called “Tree root that I put in a frame” is for sale at this auction.


Wednesday, October 27 & Friday, October 29, 2010

Hiyoshi Poetry Festival 2010 – Keio University

★ with Forrest Gander, Nomura Kiwao, Franck Villain, and Mariko Nagai

Wed 10/27, 4:30-6pm: Contemporary Poetry Performance Workshop

Fri 10/29, 6-8pm Poetry Reading

please contact for more information


Sunday, September 12, 2010
★ Insect Orchestra
LACE (Los Angeles)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010
2:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown St.
Brown University


Thursday, September 16, 2010
6:30 pm


Sunday, September 19, 2010



Performance featuring:

Sawako Nakayasu

Marco Antonio Huerta

Christine Wertheim