Mariko Nagai

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Mariko Nagai (born in 1973 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 first an undergraduate degree in Boston, and later a graduate degree from New York University.[1]

As of 2014, she was an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo.[2]


  • 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
  • Dust of Eden, Albert Whitman & Co, 2014
  • The Promised Land (novel), to be published in 2015[1]


  • 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, Yaddo, and Djerassi
  • Pushcart Prize for her poetry
  • 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. ^ a b 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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