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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Harmonics

ノブコ・ミヤモトゴウ・ナカムラトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This being the first month of a new year, I thought we’d present “poetics” with a different approach from any other edition of the column—to feature lyrics of two songwriters of different generations and share a bit of their music to boot. For January 2020, we have a song from …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

In Homage to Hiroshi Kashiwagi

ヒロシ・カシワギトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

As we come to our 4th December and third anniversary of Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column, it seemed very fitting to pay tribute to the recently departed poet, Hiroshi Kashiwagi. A beloved community member and writer for many generations, Hiroshi was the inaugural poet featured (alongside Amy Uyematsu) when we …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Remains

吉田 宏美テリー・ワタダトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

From Toronto-based writer, Terry Watada and Bloomington, Indiana-based poet, Hiromi Yoshida, are pieces that can be read as the remains of beings past, the memory of memories, the parts of a person embedded in our psyche or those aspects we wish to keep and uplift. Enjoy...

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

What spirits whisper...

スタン・ヨギナオミ・ヒラハラトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month we are treated to two highly-lauded, accomplished writers and community heroes – Naomi Hirahara and Stan Yogi. Their pieces step out of each writer’s usual practice and into the poetry featured here (and we will surely feature more of their poetry in the future!). When I read through …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Presence

ナンシー・ウエムラエイミー・ホンジヨトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month, I sought out poems from Los Angeles-based Nancy Uyemura and Amy Honjiyo. I'd been asking Nancy for quite some time now to send me some writing ever since I learned she writes from time to time in the background of her beautiful art making career. Then, I saw …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Body

グリール・ナカデガワ=リーローレン・エミコ・イトウトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

How do memories, observations and spirits transfer through our bodies and onto the page? How does a poem reveal where we hold the gift and burden of memory in our body?

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Theme: (open)

ミア・ウォーレルカーリル・コチヤマトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month I wanted to leave the theme open and invite two young voices who are both incredibly active in community building work here in Los Angeles. Kahlil Kochiyama is a UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) student from the South Bay - his piece places us in his relationship …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Place/Displace

エイミー・サンチェス・アルテアガミサエル・ディアスマリナ・フクシマアイザック・イマヌエルトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

For this month’s column, I thought it would be a good time to feature the other artists in a residency we are sharing this summer in Little Tokyo (the +LAB Artists-in-Residence program, where five of us are here for three months working on various arts and community engagement projects in …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Holding

チサオ・ハタケン・ヨシカワトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month’s column features two friends I made when I participated in a movement response workshop in Chicago last summer, led by Chisao Hata, featuring our physical reaction to poetics expressed by actor & poet Ken Yoshikawa. With the emphasis on an intergenerational lens through which we shared, I looked …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Negotiating Place

ソフィア・イナバリノ・コダマトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

Here we have a first for the Nikkei Uncovered poetry column - a collaborative piece between two wondrous young Nikkei, both University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) students and “Shin-Nisei,” 1.5 generation artists. They write this from the place of anticipating their Pilgrimage together to Manzanar this month, alongside their …

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Pronouns: she/her. writer/actor/theatre deviser/community organizer/educator/facilitator/author; current director/co-founder for Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe art+community series in Little Tokyo; author for Writ Large Press; writer/actor of PULLproject Ensemble with aerialist/actor Kennedy Kabasares; steering committee member of the VigilantLove network against violence and Islamophobia (and for justice, solidarity and love by any means necessary:); member of the Okaeri Nikkei LGBTQ network.

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  • art (performance and visual; contemporary and traditional); politics; spiritual practices/religious history; Nikkei diaspora.

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