UPDATE: The time of the event has now changed (see below) and Jane Joritz-Nakagawa is unfortunately unable to attend.
The first meeting of Japan International Poetry Society (JIPS) this year will take place on Saturday, June 11th. Jane Nakagawa says,
Join us for the 9th meeting of JIPS at Campus Plaza Kyoto, for a reading and discussion by founding JIPS members Keiji Minato, Yoko Danno, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, and Goro Takano. Yoko, Jane, Keiji and Goro will be reading their recent work and inviting the audience to comment and ask questions. We may also discuss the JIPS events calendar for the rest of 2011 and undertake a collaborative writing activity. All are welcome.
11:00 am to 13:00 pm 10:40 am – 12:00
Admission price: 1000 yen
Location: 第四演習室 (Seminar Room #4) on the 5th floor of CAMPUS PLAZA KYOTO (キャンパスプラザ京都)
Campus Plaza Kyoto is a very short walk from Kyoto station. To find it, go out to the north of Kyoto station. Turn left, walk to the west and take the road on the left of the big Post Office. You will see an electronics store (Bic Camera) on the left side. Campus Plaza is opposite, on the right. Here is a map.
Keiji Minato (湊 圭史) has lived in Kyoto for more than a decade. When not teaching literature and English courses at Ritsumeikan and Doshisha Universities, he writes and translates free verse poetry, haiku, and poetic commentary. Among his publications is the book “Garasu no me / Nuno no hifu” [Glass eyes / Cloth Skin] (Sogenshisha, 2004). Keiji writes a column for Deep Kyoto which you can find here: and he also belongs to the group ELF.
Yoko Danno (團野葉子) writes poetry solely in English. She is the author of numerous poetry books and chapbooks, including “Hagoromo: A Celestial Robe” (1984), “Epitaph for memories” (2002), “The Blue Door”, a collaboration with James C. Hopkins (Word Works, 2006), and “A Sleeping Tiger Dreams of Manhattan: poetry, photographs and sound” by Danno, Hopkins, and Bernard Stoltz (2008). Her translation, “Songs and Stories of the Kojiki”, was published by Ahadada Books (Toronto/Tokyo, 2008). Some poems by Yoko Danno: behind the words, three poems from AQUAMARINE, Fire Meets Water & A Morning Walk, and three more poems from AQUAMARINE.
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (中川ジェーン) teaches poetry, pedagogy, gender studies, history, and other subjects at Aichi University of Education where she works as associate professor. She has published five volumes of poetry and numerous essays and interviews in Japan, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Canada. Her sixth poetry book, “notational”, is forthcoming in 2011 with Otoliths. Links to some sample poems from Jane Joritz-Nakagawa’s poetry collections, and some of her essays and interviews, can be found here. Her recent poetry chapbook can be read online, starting on page 40 of The Anemone Sidecar, here.
Born in the city of Hiroshima, Goro Takano (高野吾朗) is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Saga University, where he teaches English and Japanese literature. He obtained his M.A. from the University of Tokyo (American Literature), and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (English / Creative Writing). His first novel, “With One More Step Ahead” was published by BlazeVOX in 2009. You can read some of Goro Takano’s work here: Lulu’s First Poem, and here: Imprisoned – A Renshi.