Japan International Poetry Society


Authors Live!:Yoko is going to read her poems and a series of Linked Quatrains, A Chimera Grows During the Thaw, composed with Trane DeVore, Jessica Goodfellow, Goro Takano and Ikuyo Yoshimura.
 Sunday, June 7, 2015, 5:00 ~ 7:00 pm
 Bar IZNT, Sannomiya, Kobe

Publications online and in print 2013 ~ 2014:

• The revised edition of "Songs and Stories of the Kojiki" (retold by Yoko Danno) was published by Red Moon Press, August 2014.
• Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's chapbook, "Wild Black Lake," is published by Hank's Original Loose Gravel Press, March 2014.
• Yoko Danno's poems are included in Poetry Magazine.com, spring 2014
Yoko Danno's poetry book, Aquamarine is published by Glass Lyre Press, LLC.
• Poems of Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Goro Takano and Yoko Danno appear in the annual anthology
fourW(Issue 24, Australia). Available from Booranga Writers' centre: e-mail:
• Yoko Danno's poem in the anthology First Water: Best of Pirene's Fountain (Glass Lyre Press, 2013)
• Goro Takano's poem in Poetry Kanto 2013
• Yoko Danno's prose poem "Wild Nights" in a glimpse of 13
• Kiyoko Ogawa's tanka in Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal (Issue 14, 2 013, Australia) is awarded "Distinctive Scribbling Awards." Kiyoko's poetry and essay (both in Japanese) are in "Tsumugu: Vol. 9" (Autumn, 2013).
• Eric Selland's book of prose poetry Isobar Press
Yoko Danno's poems in Otoliths 29
 Her prose poem "In Pursuit of a Bird" in a glimpse of
• Jane Joritz-Nakagagawa's book of poetry Flux is published by BlazeVOX (September 2013)
• Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's poem in Truck.
 Her essay "Unstable identities" in The Argotist Online
 Her interview with Eric Selland in The Conversant.
• Goro Takano's book of poetry Responsibilities of the Obssessed is published by BlazeVOX
  Book review, "Fragmented Quest" by Ckyril Wong.

• Yoko Danno's book of poems "Aquamarine" is forthcoming in January 2014 from Glass Lyre Press, LLC

Poetry Reading 2013

This poetry reading is being held in conjunction with the worldwide 100,000 poets for change events.

• Date: September 28 (Sat.) 2013, 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
• Place: Heartpia Kyoto: Conference Room # 4 (on the 4th floor)
    Karasuma-higashi-iru, Takeya-cho, Nakagyo-ku
    Tel. 075-222-1977

    Directions: It's at Marutamachi Station on Subway Karasuma Line (which you can take from JR Kyoto Station).
    From Kyoto station the train will take approximately 7 minutes / is 4 stops.
    Just go out from Exit #5 of Marutamachi station, and you will be standing just below the building of Heartpia Kyoto.

    Access map:

• Admission: free; Pre-registration unnecessary.

• Open to the public. All are welcome. Languages used will be English and/or Japanese.

• Contact: ikutapress[at]aol.com

Readers: Yoko Danno, Trane DeVore, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Sean Lotman, Kiyoko Ogawa, Eric Selland, Leah Ann Sullivan, Goro Takano, Atsusuke Tanaka and Ikuyo Yoshimura.

Meeting in 2012

Saturday November 17, 2012 / 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Come join us for a friendly poetry reading and discussion. Open to the public.
All are welcome. Languages used will be English and Japanese.

• Place: Osaka University, Toyonaka Campus / Access map:click here
  Gengo Bunka Kenkyu ka Building 7, large meeting room on the 2nd floor click here

• Admission: free. Pre-registration unnecessary.

• Contact / Trane DeVore, Osaka University:
  email: trane@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp / traned@gmail.com
   telephone: 06 6850 5886 (Osaka University)

•Information about the scheduled speakers / readers:

Yoko DANNO is the author of several books and chapbooks of English poetry published in Japan and the USA. A collaborative work, "a sleeping tiger dreams of manhattan: poetry, photographs and music" by Danno, James C. Hopkins & Bernard Stoltz, translated from English into Latvian, was published (Mansards, Latvia) in September, 2012. Her English translation of "Songs and Stories of the Kojiki" was published by Ahadada Books (Toronto/Tokyo, 2008).

Trane DeVORE's work has appeared in Mirage, Crowd, First Intensity, Chain, Salt Hill, 26, The Electronic Poetry Review, Poetry Nippon, and many other venues. He has published two books of poetry — "series/mnemonic" (1999) and "Dust Habit" (2005) — both with Avec Books. He currently lives in Osaka and teaches at Osaka University.

Loren GOODMAN is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and English Literature at Yonsei University/Underwood International College in Seoul, South Korea and Pacific Correspondent for The Best American Poetry Web Blog. He won a Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, selected by W. S. Merwin, for his poetry book "Famous Americans," and is also the author of the poetry chapbooks"Suppository Writing" and "New Products ".

Jane JORITZ-NAKAGAWA (janenakagawa at yahoo dot com/) is the author of seven volumes of poetry, most recently "Invisible City" (White Sky Ebooks, USA). Other 2012 publications include two chapbooks with quarter aft "er press (USA), "flux of measure" and "season of flux," and a poetry broadside, "blank notes," with Country Valley Press (USA). She currently divides her time between Shizuoka and Nagano prefectures.

Kiyoko OGAWA is a poet, translator and essayist, writing monthly essays on world literature for "Saku." She has published five English and three Japanese books of poetry, as well as an academic monograph on T.S.Eliot. Her work has been included in anthologies and journals such as "other side river," "Sunrise from Blue Thunder, "Prairie Schooner," and others.

Eric SELLAND's new poetry chapbook is "Still Lifes". Translations of poems by Takagai Hiroya and Sekiguchi Ryoko appear in the current issue of "Big Bridge," and his translation of Wago Ryoichi will appear in a forthcoming issue of "ElevenEleven."

Goro Takano was born in the city of Hiroshima, and is assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Saga University, where he teaches English and Japanese literature. He obtained his M.A. from the University of Tokyo (American Literature), and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (English/Creative Writing). His first novel, "With One More Step Ahead," was published in the US by BlazeVOX in 2009.

Atsusuke TANAKA works as a high school mathematics teacher in his hometown of Kyoto. In 1991, the prominent poet Makoto Ōoka identified him in the journal "Yuriika" as a major poetic voice of his generation. Tanaka has published seven volumes of poetry in Japanese, including an ongoing experimental series of poems called "The Wasteless Land" which draws inspiration and quotes from a wide array of sources ranging from pop music to classical Western and Japanese literature.

Attention, please!

•JIPS members Kiyoko Ogawa and Jane Joritz-Nakagawa will be presenting on "jisei" (swan songs) and ecopoetics, respectively, at the Japan Writers Conference.

•JIPS will have an informal brown bag lunch meeting following David Gilbey's Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012) morning poetry workshop, in Room 201, from 12 noon until 12:45 at Doshisha Women's University in Kyoto. All are welcome to join us for this lunch meeting! as well as for conference sessions.

Publications online and in print:

• Two poems and a prose poem by Yoko Danno are in Poetry Kanto 2012 (No. 28)
• Two poems on biverage by Yoko Danno are in Pirene's Fountain's Beverage Anthology, october 2012
• Prose Poems by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa and Yoko Danno are in YOMIMONO - 16
• Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Goro Takano and Yoko Danno's poems are in
A Contemporary Anthology of Japanese Poetry guest-edited by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa in Big Bridge
Goro Takano's work "Blast" is included in the Anthology: My Postwar Life: New Writings from Japan and Okinawa, published by Chicago Quarterly Review Books

• Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Kiyoko Ogawa and Yoko Danno contribute their poems to Sunrise from Blue Thander,
  Poetry anthology by Pirene's Fountain as a response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
 (Proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward ongoing relief efforts in Japan.)
• Poems by Arai Takako (trans. by Jeffrey Angles), Ito Hiromi (trans. by Angles) and Yoko Danno are in Poetry Kanto 2012, Issue 28. Take a look.

Events in 2011

The First Renshi of the Year (renshi hajime) on February 11th at Kitchen Stories
 (Participants: Trane DeVore, Atsusuke Tanaka, Caron Stijn, Keiji Minato, Mariko Sumikura,
  Hiroshi Taniuchi and Yoko Danno)

  To read the renshi click here

• June Event:11th at Campus Plaza Kyoto
 Readings/talks by JIPS members: Keiji Minato, Goro Takano & Yoko Danno

Publications online and in print:
• Poems by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Goro Takano and Yoko Danno are published in the anthology
fourW twenty-two: NEW WRITING by fourW Press, Wagga Wagga NSW, 2011
 (Jane was awarded the Booranga Prize as the best poet)
Long Fasting Since (JIPS Renshi 2) by Adam Clay, Goro Takano, Jane Jorits-Nakagawa, Jeffrey
 Angles, Keiji Minato, Tokihiko Araki and Yoko Dano is published online by SHAMPOO 39
 (November, 2011)
• Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's poems and interviews and Yoko Danno's poem in PINSTRIPE FEDORA
• Keiji Minato's new essay on Yosa Buson is in Deep Kyoto
• Takano Goro's translation of the Japanese novelist, Kono Taeko's award-winning short story
 (titled in English "An Odd Owner") is in Two Lines
notational by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa is out from Otoliths
• Excerpts from Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's new book, "notational" are featured in NO TELL MOTEL
• Poems by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa and Yoko Danno in Otoliths 21
• Poems by Goro Takano, IMPRISONED - A RENSHI & Seven Dreams, Seven Nights
  in Contemporary World Literature
• Keiji Minato's essay, Three Poets at Minase in Deep Kyoto
• 4 poems of Jane Joritz-Nakagawa in Sawbuck

Events in 2010

•November Event: 14th at Campus Plaza Kyoto
 Guest poet: Trane DeVore

•October Event: 24th, at Campus Plaza Kyoto
 Guest poet: David Gilbey

•June Event: 12th at Campus Plaza Kyoto
 Guests: Takako Arai (poet) & Jeffrey Angles (poet/translator)

•May Event: 16th at Campus Plaza at Kyoto
 Guest poet: Jennifer Wallace

•April Event: 11th at Heartpia Kyoto
  Guest poet: Bill Berkson

•March Event: 22nd at Heartpia Kyoto
 Guest poet: Jerome Rothenberg
             Poems and Poetics, Ethno Poetics

•February Event: 4th at Capmpus Plaza Kyoto
 Poetry-reading by JIPS members,Jane Joritz-Nakagawa & Goro Takano

Collaborative Poetry online:
•JIPS Renshi 2: To read click here

Puplications (2010):
Incidental Music by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, BlazeVOX

With One More Step Ahead by Goro Takano, BlazeVOX

trilogy & Hagoromo: A Celestial Robe by Yoko Danno, The Ikuta Press

Yoko Danno in Poetry Kanto 2010 (No.26), Kanto Poetry Center

E-zines (2010):
Keiji Minato and his esssays in Deep Kyoto
•Yoko Danno in Praxilla #2