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The CLAS Notable Recent Alumnus Award at IU South Bend

Thank you very much for having me at the 2017 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Notable Recent Alumnus Award, Indiana University South Bend. I was so happy to hear the following words from English professors. 

Photo by Diane Passero.

“Naoko Fujimoto’s poems were startling from the beginning. She had an ability to speak autobiographically, while using the starkness of metaphor and ellipses to create jarring narratives that crackled with the music of hard fact. Her poems deliver the pathos of a personal poetry, poems about surviving and adapting to living in the United States, poems about her family back in Japan (including her many poems about the 2011 tsunami, which are devastatingly troubling and beautiful), poems about visual art and music, poems about desire and the nature of futility. …Naoko Fujimoto is a true visionary.”

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RHINO Poetry 2017 this Saturday, April 29, at The Book Stall

3 pm RHINO editors write poems-on-demand! Order a poem-to-go on any topic of your choice. RHINO editor-poets will compose a poen for you on the spot in ild school typewriters for a small donation to the magazine.

4-5 pm Featured reading by RHINO 2017 poets and editors. Copies of the new issue will also be on sale. Grab some RHINO swag--bookmarks and buttons and meet the editors and poets of this 40+ award-winning literary magazine.

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry co…