* 13.09.1955, Tokyo, Япония Место жительства: Encinitas, США
Hiromi Itō, born in Tokyo in 1955, is one of the most significant and highly-regarded poets in Japan, whose sensational debut in the late 1970s broke new ground in the Japanese poetry scene. In her extraordinarily provocative and taboo-breaking work, she speaks boldly about pregnancy, motherhood, death and lust.
Itō has published more than 10 volumes of poetry, as well as translations and essays. She is also famous as a writer of essays, and has compiled several collections, where she writes about topics as diverse as gardening, learning English, and rearing children. She has worked as an illustrator and a Japanese teacher, as well as a publisher of various different poetry magazines. Through her books, as well as through her live readings, she often combines poetry with other art forms, working together with illustrators, photographers and musicians.
Since 1997 Itō has lived with her three daughters and her second husband - an English artist - in California. Her experiences of being a 'foreigner', the permeability of language, and the interplay between various cultural traditions, are central themes in her work.
Hiromi Itō was awarded the 21st Noma Literature
Award in 1999 and in 2005 won the prestigious Takami Jun Award.