Arthur Binard was born in Michigan in 1967. He studied English Literature at Colgate University. An interest in the ideogram led him to Japan where he now writes poetry and prose, in both English and Japanese. In 2001 he was awarded the Nakahara Chuya Prize for Tsuriagetewa, a book of his poems in Japanese. The collection was published in English in 2002 under the title Catch and Release. He received the Kodansha Essay Award for Nihongo Pokori-Pokori, and the Japan Picturebook Prize for Home is Here ― Ben Shahn’s Lucky Dragon. His most recent collection of poems, Sayuno Anzen (Look Both Ways), won the Yamamoto Kenkichi Literature Prize in 2008.
He has a translation of Sugawara Katsumi in Poetry from Peru and Russia, MPT Second Series Number 11, which can be purchased in our bookshop. We currently only list poems and translations from the Third Series of MPT on this site, but hope to add the First and Second Series in due course.