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Mariko Nagai

Poetry, Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20120608, 20111028

Japanese poet and fiction writer Mariko Nagai has lived all over the globe, from Brussels, Belgium, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and her work includes characters equally diverse. Her 2007 book of poetry, Histories of Bodies, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, explores different types of love and desire. In her 2010 short story collection, Georgic, winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize, Nagai draws from history to depict characters facing extreme adversity. She talks about her work and reads from both books, including a Pushcart Prize-winning story originally published in New Letters magazine.

| Subject Matter: Japanese, Love, Desire, History, Adversity | Interview Year: 2011 | Genre: Poetry, Fiction | Awards: Pushcart Prize, Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize |

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