Mariko Nagai is a poet and author born in Tokyo and raised in Europe and America. She has received the Pushcart Prize in both poetry and fiction. Her collection of poems, Histories of Bodies, won the Benjamin Saltman Prize from Red Hen Press, and her first collection of stories, Georgic: Stories, won the 2009 G.S. Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize from BkMk Press. Her other books include the poetry collection Instructions for the Living and novel Dust of Eden, and the forthcoming Irradiated Cities, which won the 2015 Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, and also serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan.
Mariko Nagai’s trip is brought to you with the support of The Japan Foundation.