- About the Contributors
Christopher Drake has translated and written about haiku as well as Ryūkyūan omoro and shaman songs. His translated books include Copying Bird Calls: A Hundred Linked Haikai by Nishiyama Sōin (1605–1682) and Haikai on Love: A Hundred- Verse Linked Sequence by Matsuki Tantan (1674–1761). He is also co-translator of Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600–1900, edited by Haruo Shirane.
David Fahy teaches in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of California–Davis. Among his published translations is another story by Matayoshi Eiki, Kaho wa umi kara (Fortunes by the Sea), in Southern Exposure (2000), edited by Michael Molasky and Steve Rabson.
Kathy Foley is a professor of theatre arts at the University of California–Santa Cruz and editor of Asian Theatre Journal. Her exhibitions of Asian performing arts have been displayed at National Geographic, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the East-West Center Gallery.
Hamagawa Hitoshi received a master’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University and is an associate professor in the Department of English Communication at Okinawa Christian University. He has published numerous essays and articles on the modern literature of Okinawa.
Kyle Ikeda received his doctorate in Japanese from the University of Hawai‘i– Mānoa in 2007 and is now assistant professor of Japanese language and literature at the University of Vermont. His translation of Medoruma’s “Mabuigumi” first appeared in a different version in Fiction International 40 (fall 2007).
Kawamitsu Shinichi was born on Miyako Island. His work includes three books of essays and two books of poetry. “The Hawks” was published in Poems of Kawamitsu Shinichi (1977).
Makiminato Tokuzō was born in 1912 in Naha, Okinawa. A survivor of the Battle of Okinawa, he published four books of essays and two books of poetry. “The Well” is from Okinawan Elegies (1982), a book of poetry with woodcuts by Gima Hiroshi.
Matayoshi Eiki was born in Urasoe, Okinawa, and graduated from the University of the Ryukyus. He has received the Ryūkyū Shimpo Short Story Prize, the Kyūshū Arts Festival Literary Prize, and the 1995 Akutagawa Prize, for his novel Buta no mukui (The Pig’s Retribution). “The Wild Boar That George Gunned Down” was published in 1978 and was inspired by a true incident. [End Page 280]
Medoruma Shun was born in Nakijin, Okinawa. A graduate of the University of the Ryukyus, he was awarded the Akutagawa Prize in 1997 for his short story “Suiteki” (Droplets). “Mabuigumi” received the Kawabata Yasunari and Kiyama Shōhei Literary Prizes in 2000. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Fūon: The Crying Wind (2004), which received the Innovation Award at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Nagadō Eikichi was born in Naha, Okinawa, and began writing novels at age thirty. In 1987, he won the Northern Literary Award for his Nahaibai songs “Scattered Pieces,” and in 1988, the Okinawa Times Art Award. He has been awarded the Okinawa Art Award and the fiftieth annual Art Encouragement Prize. His fiction has appeared in Complete Okinawan Literature and the Kyūshū Art Festival Literary Awards Anthology.
Nagadō Madoka received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies and a second master’s in English from University of Hull, in the United Kingdom. She is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa.
Nakawaka Naoko has had her fiction published in the Anthology of Okinawan Short Stories, New Okinawan Literature, Complete Okinawan Literature, and the Kyūshū Art Festival Literary Awards Anthology.
Nobuko Miyama Ochner is associate professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. She earned a bachelor’s in English from Tokyo Kyōiku Daigaku (Tokyo University of Education). She received her master’s degrees in English and Japanese literature and her doctorate in Asian languages and Japanese literature from the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. She has published numerous articles on twentieth-century Japanese writers and co-edited two collections of essays on Japanese literature.
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