Mieko Kawakami

Mieko Kawakami is a writer, poet, singer and actress. She is the recipient of the Akutagawa Prize for her novel Chichi to Ran (Breasts and Egg). Kawakami’s debut novel, Hevun (Heaven), won the Murasaki Shikibu Prize for Literature in 2010. She presents her short story from the anthology March Was Made of Yarn, which explores the March 11, 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan, causing a ravaging 50-foot tsunami and radiation leaks from five nuclear plants. Kawakami is one of 22 writers who offer observations on and insight into this tragedy, which affected many lives.

Events Mieko Kawakami was involved in


    Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 4:00 PM

    Two prominent Japanese authors discuss contemporary literature in Japan.


  • Breaking Through. Going Global.

    Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 2:00 PM

    International authors discuss the role they played in the translation of their works and the experience of being translated into English for the first time.