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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Inspiration

キョウコ・タケナカパティ・イトウ・ナガノトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

From Shin Nikkei Kyoko Takenaka (aka Jinjabrew) and Sansei Patty Nagano, we have pieces that span various themes of inspiration. From Kyoko we have lovely and fierce words on “femme” themes, from mothers to sisterhood. And knowing that Patty had just returned from Japan, I asked her if she would …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Transformation

レイ・フクダ・サリナスキャンダス・キタトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month’s column gave two writers the theme of “transformation.” One set of poetry was submitted in Spanish, by Rey Fukuda Salinas, born in Japan and raised internationally in places including Japan, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. One submission came in English, by Candace Kita, born and raised in Chicago and currently based …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Spring

リック・ノグチリク・マツダトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

The new season upon us is ushered in here by Los Angeles/Orange County-based riKu Matsuda and LA-born and raised Rick Noguchi, who each lend us two pieces that spring the many from memories and characters in our lives. There is a familiarity with the lessons learned and shared—of family, work …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Appetite

ジーニー・ナカノショウ・タナカトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month we have some light and delicious, sweet yet evocative, precious to ephemeral moments through the words shared here by the lovely yogi and artist, Genie Nakano, who hails from the South Bay of Los Angeles, and by Shō Tanaka, a friend I met a few moons ago over in …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Open

マリコ・フジモト・ルークスポゴ・サイトウトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

Happy 2018, folks! Upon entering a new year, we put forth the theme of “open” to writers Mariko Rooks, a Culver City native who is currently studying at Yale, and Pogo Saito, now based in Nyssa, Oregon. Their pieces here explore critical openings between self and the things we want …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

December

ダイスケ・シェンケン・オクノトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

For this final column of 2017, I chose to focus on the broad possibilities this month provides—it lends itself to the December 7 reflection that comes to us from Altadena based Ken Okuno, as much as it comes through bittersweet introspection from Wilmington, North Carolina based Daisuke Shen, whose words …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Place / Location

エリック・マツナガトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month, we feature just one writer and a beloved one to the Discover Nikkei space at that—Chicago native, Erik Matsunaga. Erik’s piece is a simple moment between old childhood pals and one that sets an image of “home” or places of significance that are, at once, transient and meaningful…enjoy.

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Bite

カズミ・チンローレンス・マツダトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

As we enter the final quarter of 2017, I didn't want to “ease” into fall but rather, take a bite out of it. Maybe there’s something feisty in the air with all the ash and soot and unrest all around us. In any case, this isn’t a time for languor …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Mothers—affection, lost & found

キャシー・ニシモト・マサオカカート・ヨコヤマ=イケダトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

This month, we take a somewhat different turn, in presenting some prose from longtime community organizer and LA-native, Kathy Nishimoto Masaoka, and a piece meant for the spoken word stage from Hawai‘i-born/Torrance-raised educator, Kurt Yokoyama-Ikeda. They both sent in pieces about their mothers and I found a yearning, discovery, and …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Encircle, In Dance

マヤ・クイダ=オスミジェニ・エミコ・クイダトニー・オオスミエヴェリン・ヨシムラトレイシー・カトウ=キリヤマ

For this month’s Nikkei Uncovered, we wave goodbye to the Obon season with special reflections from a family of activist/artists and a local legend & community organizer. Maiya, Jenni, and Tony Kuida-Osumi share with us poems that tie the dance we do in commemoration of ancestors at Obon, with homage …

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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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