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Having grown up in Europe and America, Mariko Nagai studied English with concentration in poetry at the New York University where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow. She has received the Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction (nominated five times in total) and has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Yaddo, to name a few. She is the author of Histories of Bodies: Poems, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize in 2005 (Red Hen Press in 2007), and Georgic: Stories, winner of the G.S. Sharat ChandraAward in 2009 (BkMk Press/University of Missouri Kansas City in 2010). Forthcoming in 2014 is her debut MG/YA book, DUST OF EDEN, a verse-novel about Minidoka Japanese-American Internment Camp. An avid lover of history, she loves researching in archives, libraries, and traveling to places to excavate ordinary lives that have been lost in history, and giving voices to the voiceless. When not writing, she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Japanese Literature at Temple University Japan Campus.