The International Center for Writing and Translation, in partnership with the Asian American Literary Review, presents

"She Writes Between Here and There"
featuring Hiromi Ito, Jeffrey Angles, Reese Okyong Kwon

Monday, May 9, 2011
5:00 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building, Room 135

Introduction by Gerald Maa, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English

In the 1980s, Hiromi Ito wrote a series of collections about sexuality, childbirth, and womens bodies in such dramatically new and frank ways that she is often credited with revolutionizing postwar Japanese poetry, which is why Anne Waldman calls her a true sister of the Beats. She has earned and been nominated for many of Japan's top literary awards. She currently splits her time between Encinitas and Japan. Since moving to the U.S., her work has
focused on migration and the psychological effects of linguistic and cultural alienation.
Jeffrey Angles is an associate professor of Japanese and translation studies at Western Michigan University. His book of Hiromi Ito translations, Killing Kanoko (Action Books), was a finalist for Three Percents best translation book of poetry. His book of Tada Chimako translations, Forest of EyesI (U Cal Press), earned a Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for translation. He has also earned translation grants from PEN and the NEA.

Reese Okyong Kwon is one of Narrative's 30 Below 30 emerging writers. She has scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and publications in places such as The Kenyon Review, The Sun, American Short Fiction, The Believer, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She was raised in Cerritos and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Book sale and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact or (949) 824-1948. This event is presented in conjunction with the Asian American Literary Reviews annual symposium on May 7, 2011, hosted by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. For more information on the symposium, visit or email:

connect with us


© UC Irvine School of Social Sciences - 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100 - 949.824.2766