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Shogo Oketani

Translator, Japanese
Shogo Oketani is a writer and translator. He co-translated America & Other Poems: Selected Poetry by Ayukawa Nobuo with his wife Leza Lowitz. The book received the 2003 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature from the Donald Keene Center of Columbia University. His translations of Decadent novelist Sakaguchi Ango have appeared in numerous magazines. He is the author of the novel J-Boys: Kazuo's World (Tokyo, 1965), recently translated into English, and a book of poems, Cold River. (Photo credit: courtesy of the author)