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Yoshimasu Gozo

Author, Japanese
Yoshimasu Gozo is an acclaimed Japanese poet, photographer, artist, and filmmaker who has performed worldwide. His work has been described as “so unorthodox that it defies the print medium and can be delivered only as performance.” Many of his poems are multilingual and include linguistic and typographic word play. His multimedia performances often feature collaborations with musicians and other artists. He has received numerous literary and cultural awards, including the Takami Jun Prize, the Rekitei Prize, the Purple Ribbon, and the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry. (Photo credit: Aki Onda)