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Takako Arai

1966, Japan

Takako Arai was born in 1966 in Kiryū City, Gunma Prefecture (Japan) to a family engaged in textile manufacturing, a traditional industry in Kiryū. She is a graduate of Keio University's literature department. Her first collection of poetry, Haōbekki, was published in 1997. Her second collection, Tamashii Dance (Soul Dance), was published in 2007 and awarded the 41st Oguma Hideo Prize. An anthology of English translations of her poetry, Soul Dance (translations by Jeffrey Angles), was published in 2008. 
She appears in the poetry reading film, Voice Shadows by Yoi Suzuki. Since 1998 she has been a contributor to, and eventually editor of Mi’Te, a journal featuring poetry and criticism. Arai also writes on language and folklore, and has produced a series of writings on the poet Sakutarō Hagiwara. She has an interest in the performing arts, especially the butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno, and the playwright, Jūrō Kara. She is an associate professor at Saitama University’s Center for Japanese Education. In 2006, she performed at the Festival of Contemporary Japanese Women Poets in New York City, and in 2008 and 2011, she was on the Executive Committee planning the Tokyo Poetry Festival.

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Agnieszka Będkowska-Kopczyk
Agnieszka Żuchowska-Arendt
Alenka Jovanovski
Alenka Koderman
Alja Adam
Amir Talić
Andraž Polič
Andrea Brady
Andrej Hočevar
Anja Sredić
Anupama Amaran
Barbara Korun
Barbara Pogačnik
Barbara Siegel Carlson
Bojan Brecelj
Catherine Phil MacCarthy
Ciaran O'Driscoll
Cristina Viti
Darija Žilić
David Brooks
Dejan Koban
Dinko Telećan
Dražen Katunarić
Emilio Coco
Esa Hirvonen
Fiona Sampson
Francisco Larios
Gašper Malej
Gašper Torkar
Glorjana Veber
Goran Janković
Goran Č. Potočnik
Goro Takano
Gregor Podlogar
Hana Kovač
Henning H. Bergsvåg
Hiroshi Hasebe
Christophe Lamiot Enos
Ineke Holzhaus
Irena Šťastná
Isabella Panfido
Ivan Landžev
Iztok Osojnik
Jacek Lenkiewicz
Jan Kuhlbrodt
Ján Gavura
Jana Šnytová
Jani Kovačič
Johanna Venho
John Davies
John O'Donoghue
Jonáš Hájek
Jouni Inkala
Kelly Lenox
Knute Skinner
Kristina Hočevar
Ksenija Premur
Ksenija Jus - Xenia
Lenka Krajnc
Maciej Melecki
Maja Novak
Marcin Warmuz
Maria Jastrzebska
Marianna Kurtto
Marjan Strojan
Mark Whelan
Marta Podgórnik
Martina Komárková
Martina Hefter
Matej Krajnc
Michał Kopczyk
Michele Obit
Milan Jesih
Miroslava Gavurová
Muanis Sinanović
Paddy Bushe
Pamela Uschuk
Paul Polansky
Pauliina Haasjoki
Petra Kolmančič
Primož Čučnik
Radharani Pernarčič
Roberto Nassi
Robin Parmar
Simona Popescu
Slavo Šerc
Srečko Kosovel
Stephen Watts
Špela Drnovšek Zorko
Špela Sevšek Šramel
Tahir Mujičić
Taja Kramberger
Takako Arai
Tatjana Jamnik
Tina Kozin
Tone Škrjanec
Urška P. Černe
Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen
Ville Hytönen
Vlado Kreslin
Willem van Toorn
William Pitt Root
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