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Instagram - graphic.poetry.trans.sensory

Follow me at Instagram @ graphic.poetry.trans.sensory : Naoko Fujimoto!

Silver Seasons of Heartache - Poetry Chapbook

This little anthology was born this year. Thank you very much for making it happen, Ami Kaye, Royce Ellen Hamel, and Steven Asmussen from Glass Lyre Press.

You may purchase "Silver Seasons of Heartache" from Glass Lyre Press Bookstore or my website.

Rhino Poetry Pay Pal Donation

I am a fellow at Rhino Poetry in Chicago. The magazine was established in 1976 and is one of the most trusted and profound poetry magazines. This publication is a non-profit organization, and each  year ends with fund raising for the next year’s operating costs.

Rhino Editors have (and continue to) read thousands of submissions over the years, and I am honored to be a part of their team. They teach me MFA quality poetry reading skills, for which I am very thankful. Your support for Rhino will enable it to continue publishing emerging and established writers, host poetry readings, and organize writing workshops. This is the springboard through which many creative minds have reached widespread audiences, defining lives and learning environments abroad.

This example picture shows $25 for a donation; however, you are able to change the amount. Visit their pay pal account (HERE).

Angela Narciso Torres' "Blood Orange" Signed Copies

Her two signed books are available through my book store. Also you may enjoy seeing my graphic poem with her cover art.

Jet Fuel Review #14

Jet Fuel Review #14 Enjoy reading my two poems and seeing two graphic poems in the newest issue of Jet Fuel Review.

Homonym Journal Issue 2 - "The Pay Phone"

Homonym is a Berlin based online journal. The editor in chef, Carolina Moura, gave me a wonderful opportunity to promote my graphic poem with an .mp3 recording. Please enjoy viewing "The Pay Phone" and listing to its original poem. In the journal, I explain my process of graphic poetry as well.
Visit Homonym Journal Issue 2 (HERE
As readers can see, “The Pay Phone – Graphic Poem” is very difficult to read. Words and sentences are intentionally upside-down and drowning into the similar background color. The cut-out letters are almost like a life-threatening letter. All my graphic poems are filled with personal moments. The cut-outs are origami-paper that was donated from a family of cancer survivors in Japan.

One patient called her daughter every evening from a hospice’s pay phone and said, “I want to live. Talk to you tomorrow.” I could not ignore the image of a patient standing by a pay phone every day to share how much she wanted to live and spend the future with her lo…

Rhino Magazine - Donation

I am a fellow at Rhino Poetry in Chicago. The magazine was established in 1976 and is one of the most trusted and profound poetry magazines. This publication is a non-profit organization, and each  year ends with fund raising for the next year’s operating costs.
Rhino Editors have (and continue to) read thousands of submissions over the years, and I am honored to be a part of their team. They teach me MFA quality poetry reading skills, for which I am very thankful. Your support for Rhino will enable it to continue publishing emerging and established writers, host poetry readings, and organize writing workshops. This is the springboard through which many creative minds have reached widespread audiences, defining lives and learning environments abroad.
This example picture shows $25 for a donation; however, you are able to change the amount. Visit their pay pal account (HERE) or learn more about RHINO MAGAZINE.

MORIA - Woodbury University

My two poems are in the new issue of Moria. "Pochi or Kuro" "There Were Plenty"

Poetry Reading 2017

Thank you very much for having me for wonderful poetry readings in 2017.
Live Glass Lyre at the BookMarket (Glenview, IL)
Red Rover Series 100 Thousand Poets for Change
Poetry Today Local TV Show at Highland Park Poetry (Highland Park, IL)
Poetry Throwdown at Kafein Coffee (Evanston, IL)
Woman Made Gallery Literary Series (Chicago, IL)
Woman Made Gallery Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory Exhibition
Rhino Reads at Bookends & Beginnings (Evanston, IL)
Rhino Editor and Fellow Reading at the Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)

Drunk In Midnight Choir - Issue #2 Fall 2017

Drunk In Midnight Choir My three graphic poems are in the Issue #2 Fall 2017. - - Would you like to see more graphic poems?  My five graphic poems are in the new issue of Tupelo Quarterly. - - - - Thank you very much for supporting my graphic poetry project!

Poetry Today - Youtube Interview

Nearly 150 people watched my interview at Poetry Today at City of Highland Park PEG Access TV. Thank you very much for supporting us! (Picture: Graphic Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago)

homonym winter 2017

Their second issue is coming out soon! Homonym is now a Berlin based journal. I am so happy to be a part of it. 

Well.Fed.Artist - Thankful!

Instagram@Well.Fed.Artist
Every morning @Well.Fed.Artist features one artist who may be a writer, poet, musician, painter, dancer, performer, or visual artist. Every evening @Well.Fed.Artist releases a one-minutes video for artists. @Well.Fed.Artist wants to help artists to be financially independent. 
You may support artists by purchasing their books and art, or just visit their websites and follow their work. There are amazing and inspiring creative worlds out there! 
I am so thankful to learn and know about the artists every day.  Follow Instagram@Well.Fed.Artist

Pushcard Prize - "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

My poem, "Koi-Kokoro is One Step Before", from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Glass Lyre Press. Thank you very much for believing in me.

Drunk in a Midnight Choir - Three Graphic Poems

Drunk in a Midnight Choir Fall 2017 My three graphic poems are in the issue. Please enjoy!

Well. Fed. Artist.

Catherine Cowie, an MFA candidate at Pacific University, and I established the "Well Fed Artist Movement". Our goal is to help artists (visual artists, writers, poets, dancers, and performers) maintain financial independence. Watch our one minute video at Instagram!

9 - 5 Working Writers

Alessandra Rolffs(Poetry Editor at Cream City Review) interviews writers, poets, and artists in her website. Her series is called "5-9 Working Writers". I talked about my graphic poetry project and I was really happy to show the process of "Dividing" which was recently published in Tupelo Quarterly. Enjoy reading!!

Rhino Poetry Magazine Submission

I am currently a fellow at Rhino Poetry Magazine and am working with their fabulous editors. The submission window is still open (until October 31st, 2017) and I would like to tell you a secret - - statistically there is a higher chance to win the prize! (Picture : Dali With Rhinoceros)

Tupelo Quarterly is Out!

"Tupelo Quarterly" is a free online literature journal. Enjoy reading my graphic poems!

Angela Narciso Torres' "Blood Orange" Signed Copies

I could catch Angela Narciso Torres before her flight to Los Angels. I got more books from her! Her two signed books are available through my website. Also you may see my graphic poem with her cover art.

Visit Naoko Fujimoto's Poetry Shop

Rachel Custer x Fujimoto - Coverart

Rachel Custer x Fujimoto I was really happy to design her first poetry book, "The Temple She Became". The book is available from Five Oak Press and Amazon. Enjoy!

Charmi Keranen x Naoko Fujimoto - Graphic Poem

Charmi Keranen x Naoko Fujimoto  I translated Charmi Keranen's wedding poem into a graphic poem. Her poetry book is available from Big Wonderful Press.
Your Poem x Fujimoto Project

Poetry Today - Youtube Interview

Nearly 100 people watched my interview at Poetry Today at City of Highland Park PEG Access TV. Thank you very much for supporting us!

Poetry Events Around Chicago

If you are around Chicago this weekend, you may enjoy the following poetry events!

September 29th - RHINO Reads! - Open Mic & Poets Faisal Mohyuddin & Leila Chatti - 6pm at Bookends & Beginnings

September 30th - Live Lyre - Open Mic & Poets Nina Corwin, Naoko Fujimoto , Mary Jo McMillin, Allison Joseph & Jon Tribble - 2pm at BookMarket at the Glen

September 30th - 100 Thousand Poets for Change - 25 Chicago Poets - 7pm at at Outer Space Studio in the Wicker Park neighborhood

October 1st - The Chicago Book Expo - Noon at 1104 S. Wabash

Instagram: Graphic.Poetry.Trans.Sensory

I recently opened an Instagram account. Follow me at Graphic.Poetry.Trans.Sensory!

Live Lyre Poetry Reading

Please join Live Lyre at the BookMarket (Glenview, IL) on September 30 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm to celebrate the publication of “Silver Seasons of Heartache”. Featured poets include Nina Corwin, Naoko Fujimoto, Mary Jo McMillin, Laura Ring, Kathabela Wilson, and Rick Wilson. There is an open mic event as well! Read with us!)

Other good news is that I am going to sell my graphic phrases from “Silver Seasons of Heartache” for the first time. This collection will be only sold at the Glass Lyre Press event. The pieces are limited. (Priced from $40)

Two Dollars and Thirty Cents

It takes me a long time (maybe still) to realize that Mother is not absolute. Like her teaching a small thing like “eat breakfast every day”. Her study was dietetics in college, and I strongly followed her until I learned about fifteen-hour fasting (done daily). This experience applies in many aspects of my life. Healthy people do not like living surrounded by these proverbial walls.

“Two Dollars and Thirty Cents” was written after reading “Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day” by Delmore Schwartz.

Tupelo Quarterly - Graphic Poems

Great news is my graphic poems will be featured in Tupelo Quarterly. Thank you very much for supporting this project, Kristina Marie Darling! This is the first of my graphic poems to be printed, so please enjoy and pick up the magazine!

Bad news is one of my graphic poems has been MISSING after I dropped them off at a frame shop. I am super upset; however, I received this news as the universe is telling me to translate my poems from the 1950s project into graphic poems.

Please cheer and follow me when I start posting my new graphic poems, the world of mimicking famous poets from the 1950s with my visual esthetic.

I said it. I am going to commit to this for now. Thank you to my missing piece (I mean it).

A Low Fog Curled

Graphic Phrase - "Through an Indian Brick Town" from Silver Seasons of Heartache by Glass Lyre Press. Please join us a poetry reading, Live Lyre, on September 30 at BookMarket in Glenview, IL!

"Glyph: Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory"

There are piles of graphic poems waiting to be shown. I am happy to share my next book's title, "Glyph: Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory" from Tupelo Press. Thank you very much for following my work.

Angela Narciso Torres x Fujimoto

“POETx Fujimoto” shows how I adapt a featured poet’s cover art into my graphic poems. Today's collaboration is with Angela Narciso Torres. I first study a poet’s work, then find connections between their cover art, themes, and my original poems. Enjoy viewing the graphic poem.

Poetry Today at City of Highland Park PEG Access TV

Please enjoy watching my interview at Poetry Today at City of Highland Park PEG Access TV.

It is a 30 minutes show and I spoke about poetry, graphic poetry, RHINO magazine, Tupelo Press, "Home, No Home," and myself (and my mother's dress). Jennifer Dotson is a wonderful host, as was everyone in the crew and staff at the TV station. Thank you very much to them for this amazing opportunity!

Subscribe Seasonal E-NEWS!

Have you already sign up and subscribe my seasonal E-NEWS? Please click the bottom right link to visit my HOME PAGE. Or simply click the picture above.

Naoko Fujimoto Official Website

I left my full-time job nearly one-year ago and I am very thankful for how far I could explore my poetry and art career. I would like to say, "Thank You" to all my friends and family. Great news: My official website has launched! This was truly supported by Angela Narciso Torres, Silvia Bonilla, and Catherine Cowie. These three beautiful women gave me wonderful ideas in order to create my new path. On my website, you will be able to observe and read about my poems, graphic poems, and upcoming events. You will see my new projects and can be a part of them if you like.

Please sign up and subscribe my seasonal E-NEWS. Finally, my husband helped me immensely both emotionally and technically. Thank you very much to him with a lot of love.

Visit my website!

Leaf Blowers Reverberate

Time passes by a leaf blower, I think.  "Silver Seasons of Heartache" #6 Graphic Phrase

Don't Ask Me to Make Love

I sometimes (maybe often) want to break every tea cup when I am upset (especially from love related moments). I wanted to capture these instances from "Silver Seasons of Heartache". This is a graphic phrase from my 5th poem in the collection.

She Said, "Smile".

"Silver Seasons of Heartache" has inappropriate humor in a heartbroken moment. I wanted to capture it using a leftover cutout from the cover art for Rachel Custer's poetry book. (Graphic Phrase Project #4)

My Poetry Chapbooks at ETSY

"Silver Seasons of Heartache" and "Home, No Home" are on sale at my Etsy store. I am closing the shop shortly after supplies are gone!

Cover Art for Rachel Custer

I am really thankful that Rachel Custer and her publisher (Five Oaks Press) trust my art and use it for her first book. You may enjoy reading her poetry book. I absolutely did. Your may purchase her poetry book fromFive Oaks Press. (Photo by Rachel)

“Cracked Sky”

Graphic Phrase from Lunch Time Atlas, "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Lunch Time Atlas, the third poem in “Silver Seasons of Heartache”, is about someone wanting to talk to her co-worker; however, she does not have the chance to start a conversation. Maybe she is shy, or he is simply not interested in her. Either way, this is a heartbroken moment. In the poem, she holds his hand and leaps into the sky—like jumping into the beautiful cloudless reflection of a pool—and she imagines herself saying, “You will have a great time with me!”
For this graphic phrase, I wanted to explore how to visually express a “cracked sky”. So, I observed the sky—it was a day with a solar eclipse no less!—and used a cut of origami left over from “A Big Bowl of Beef Stew”(#1), layered it with summer-like colored paper used in “From an Apartment”(#2), and, for the glare in the sky, added gold paper from “Mugwort’s Leaves”(#3). *Note: Graphic Phrase is a miniature version of graphic poetry. Currently, I …

Graphic Phrase Is

Graphic Phrase is a miniature version of graphic poetry. Currently, I am translating my chapbook, "Silver Seasons of Heartache" (Glass Lyre Press), into graphic phrases using leftover origami paper from my previous graphic poetry project. Twenty seven graphic phrases will be posted from today. Enjoy.

#2 Garphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Graphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

#1 Graphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Graphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Poetry Reading at Kafein Cafe

TONIGHT (August 17, 2017) at 6:30 - 8pm Kafein Cafe in Evanston, IL

August 15, 1945

Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces on August 15, 1945. This is 72 years since the end of World War II. War does not only bring out the worst between countries, but also individuals as well. Like when my grandfather lost his hearing in one ear when his own General struck him out of frustration.

Woman Made Gallery Reading – Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond

Photo by Woman Made Gallery Reading – Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond on Friday, August 11, 2017
Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory
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"Wild Cuts" Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery

TODAY (Friday, August 11, 2017)
"Wild Cuts" Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery  685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642
Event Featuring Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel

Collage has appeared in wildly distinct forms across all the major art, literary and cultural movements of the 20th and 21st century. This event includes collaborative sonnets, Oulipian operations, erasures, a sound/video/spoken word performance, and graphic poetry.

As Ruby Thorkelson, curator for the concurrent art exhibit, writes, "Cutting, pasting, glitching, and bundling, the artworks in 'Wild Cuts' collide to produce a twisting and unstable definition of contemporary collage".

Three Poetry Events in August

Three Poetry Events around Chicago in August
August 11th, Woman Made Gallery "Wild Cut"Featured Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel. (This is my first time to show graphic poetry collection!)

August 14th, Buzz Cafe "Trio of RHINO Poetry Editors Featured Poets:Jan Bottiglieri, Gail Goepfert, and Beth McDermott (They are amazing RHINO editors!)

August 17th, Kafein with local poets and poets from Tupelo's 30/30 project Featured Poets Leonard Zawadski,Naoko Fujimoto, Michael Joseph Garza, Catherine Esther Cowie, and Pablo Otavalo (Have you ever heard Pablo's carefully composed works?)