Poetry at Bennington: Sawako Nakayasu
Poetry at Bennington—Spring 2021
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Poet and translator Sawako Nakayasu reads from her recent poetry collection Some Girls Walk Into The Country They Are From and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa, winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, followed by a public Q&A.
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 Some Girls Walk Into The Country They Are From (Wave Books), Pink Waves (forthcoming, Omnidawn), The Ants (Les Figues Press), Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions), and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Penguin Random House), as well as Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (Rogue Factorial), a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She is co-editor, with Eric Selland, of an anthology of 20th Century Japanese Poetry (forthcoming, New Directions). She teaches at Brown University in the Department of Literary Arts.