Mariko Nagai

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Mariko Nagai (born in 1974 in Tokyo) is a Japanese-born poet and writer who writes in English.

Although she was born in Japan, she grew up in Belgium, Japan, California, and Tennessee due to her father's job transfers. She received an undergraduate degree from Boston University, and later a graduate degree from New York University.[1]

She is an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo.[2]


  • Dust of Eden, Albert Whitman & Co, 2014
  • Instructions for the Living, Word Temple Press, 2012
  • Georgic: Stories, BkMk Press/ University of Missouri Kansas City, 2010
  • History of Bodies: Poems, Red Hen Press, 2007


  • Erich Maria Remarque Fellowship from New York University
  • Fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and Akademie Schloss Solitude
  • UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts
  • Pushcart Prize for her poetry and fiction
  • Benjamin Saltman Prize from Red Hen Press for Histories of Bodies
  • G.S. Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize (2009) from BkMk Press for Georgic: Stories


  1. ^ Kamata, Suzanne (March 22, 2014). "Born in Japan, made in America". The Japan Times. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Associate Professor Mariko NAGAI". Retrieved March 2014. 

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