Mitsuye Yamada

Mitsuye Yamada was born in Kyushu, Japan in 1923. She grew up in Seattle, Washington. In 1942, when Mitsuye was 17, her family was among 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to concentration camps for the duration of the war. She received her BA from the New York University, and her MA from University of Chicago, and an honorary doctorate from Simmons College.

Camp Notes and Other Writings, a combined edition of her first two books, was most recently published by Rutgers University Press in 1998. She is the founder and coordinator of MultiCultural Women Writers. Mitsuye, at age 95, will release her latest work, Full Circle, New and Selected Poems, in June, 2019.

Updated February 2019

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Circles, Cycles, Commemoration

This month, as we commemorate EO 9066, we thought it fitting to honor one of our longest standing and veteran poets, Mitsuye Yamada. At 95 years of age, she has been published for several decades and is still going. Here, she shares with us some previous work as well as a new piece from her forthcoming book, FULL CIRCLE. Enjoy the poetic fire of the great Mitsuye Yamada...

—traci kato-kiriyama

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Mitsuye Yamada was born in Kyushu, Japan in 1923. She grew up in Seattle, Washington.

In 1942, when Mitsuye was 17, her family was among 120,000 persons of Japanese ...

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