Sawako Nakayasu Wins 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

April 13, 2016 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission congratulates U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program Alumna Sawako Nakayasu on winning the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. The award recognizesSawako Nakayasu book-length translations of poetry from any language into English published in 2015. Ms. Nakayasu won for The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa, translated from the Japanese.

Since 1978, the Commission has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts to implement the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists’ Program. This important bilateral program allows artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan.  The Commission is marking its 40th anniversary through 2016.