June 18, 2013 –
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellows for 2014:
Patrick Donnelly, Writer Patrick Donnelly is a poet and author of The Charge and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin. Donnelly has co-translated, along with Stephan D. Miller, 141 Japanese poems published in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period. In 2008, Donnelly received an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and in 2004 he received the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Donnelly has taught at institutions including Smith College, Colby College, and Lynchburg College. He is currently the director of The Frost Place Poetry Seminar in Franconia, New Hampshire. During his residency, Donnelly will spend three months exploring the Heian culture in Japan. He will visit temples and shrines associated with the waka poets of the Heian period, as well as other sites associated with poetry, court culture, and classical Japanese literature in general.
Patti Jo Hirabayashi, Folk Artist Patti Jo Hirabayashi is the Director Emeritus and Co-Founder of San Jose Taiko, an ensemble of taiko drummers. She is also the founder of TaikoPeace, a creative arts initiative which combines dance and drumming to activate positive social change. Hirabayashi has been performing in San Jose Taiko for 38 years, and is active in the Japanese American community. She has received numerous honors including the San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee Appreciation Award, the Japanese American Citizens’… » READ MORE