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ToPoJo v.10 Lazy Launch –
Poetry in the Park 7/24 2PM

Tokyo Poetry Journal's TENTH Volume! 

Created as a ray of light in dark times of the 2020 mid-pandemic summer, delivered to the world one year later. Come listen to readings, meet poets, chill, bask.


Readers include Oshima Takeo (Poetry Slam Japan champion), Steven Karl, Todd Silverstein, Taylor Mignon, Jordan A. Y. Smith, and more to be announced.

BYOB (bring your own bottle/blanket) -- but we got the books for you! Volume 15 is 1500¥. Otherwise, the event is free — you don't even have to buy — just come hang and listen!

** Reserve a spot and let us know for SURE if you're coming, since we'll be bringing the volumes to the park based on number of RSVPs.

**May be cancelled if it rains heavily, so please check here for notice on the day of the event.

WHEN: July 24, 2pm

WHERE: Yoyogi Park (We will send a Google Maps location on the day of the event)

Tokyo Poetry Journal & Versopolis present:
April 29, 2020, 22:00 JST
Six poets of Japan will read and share their work at a global virtual event conducted in partnership with Versopolis' Festival of Hope, a project that fosters dialogues and connections with poets and readers around the world amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Miki Yuuri and Sakisaka Kujira will read in Japanese followed by readings of translations in English by Jordan A. Y. Smith.
Join us on Zoom

Meeting ID: 959 1647 3498
Password: topojo

Participating poets:

Ryan Dzelzkalns has poems appearing with Assaracus, DIAGRAM, The Shanghai Literary Review, Tin House, Tokyo Poetry Journal, and others. He received an MFA from New York University and a BA from Macalester College where he was awarded the Wendy Parrish Poetry Prize. He has worked for the Academy of American Poets and was recently a Fulbright scholar in Tokyo, where he still lives and works. Read more at


Michael Frazier is a poet and high school teacher in Kanazawa, Japan. He received his BA from Gallatin at New York University, where he was the 2017 poet commencement speaker and a co-champion of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. He has performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Nuyorican Poets Café and the Gallatin Arts Festival, among other venues. A reader for the Adroit Journal and an alumnus of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Michael has poems published or forthcoming in Construction, the Visible Poetry Project, Day One, the Speakeasy Project and elsewhere.


Miki Yuuri 三木悠莉. Born December 31, 1984 in Gunma Prefecture. Grew up surrounded by haiku and modern poetry, thanks to her grandfather who was a teacher, and with all kinds of music, thanks to her father, a classic music fan. Won her first award for haiku from a local newspaper, and after graduation studied apparel and accessory before working seven years in visual merchandising for UNIQLO. Reemerged in 2012, then in 2013, released her first album Hentai (Pervert). Stays involved both as a poet and in a variety of events collaborating with rock bands and “livehouse idols,” and has twice won people’s choice style livehouse idol competitions. Organizer in 2017– 2019 for the legendary Ueno Poetrican Jam, Japan’s biggest poetry event attended by around 2000 poetry fans. Two-time national champion of Poetry Slam Japan (2017, 2018). 


Sakisaka Kujira (向坂くじら) is a poet. Born 1994 in Nagoya Graduate of Keio University’s

Department of Literature. Began writing poetry at age five. Stopped attending school at 17. Lost a friend to suicide at 19. Took on the pen name Sakisaka Kujira at 21. As member of a poetry+electric guitar unit Anti-Trench, has performed with the likes of Tanikawa Shuntarō and Itō Seikō. Active as a workshop facilitator, worker in employment assistance services for Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and has led poetry events in Myanmar, Vietnam, and Serbia. Founder of poetry unit ATTA. 


Xiao Yue Shan is a poet and editor born in Dongying, China and residing in Tokyo. Her chapbook, How Often I Have Chosen Love, was awarded the Frontier Poetry Chapbook Prize. She currently works with Spittoon Literary Magazine, Tokyo Poetry Journal, and Asymptote Journal. Her website is


Suga Keijiro 管 啓次郎 (b. 1958) is a Tokyo-based poet and critic. He has published ten books of critical essays of which Transversal Journeys (2010) was awarded the Yomiuri Prize for Literature in 2011. Agend’Ars is a series of 16-line poems consisting of 256 pieces. These were published in four separate books from 2010 to 2013 and a Spanish translation appeared in Mexico in 2015. A prolific translator, his translations from French, Spanish, and English into Japanese include works by such authors as Edouard Glissant, J.M.G. Le Clézio, Maryse Condé, Isabelle Allende, Jamaica Kincaid, and Aimee Bender. He teaches critical theory at Meiji University, Tokyo.

Volume 9 Launch Party!

January 31, at Sendagaya Studio AB (1-32-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku), 19:00

Come celebrate the release of Volume 9: Gender / Queer / Here with poetry performances, music, art, and a drag cabaret!

Full details here.

Volume 8 Launch Party! 

June 29, at EDGEof in Shibuya (1-11-3 Jinnan, Shibuya), doors at 6, event starts at 6:30pm

HOW MUCH: ¥3500 gets you one issue and ~OPEN BAR~ (w/ free beer, wine, & soft drinks)

Full details are here.

Pause :: Heartbeat Release Party!
April 6, 2019

The launch party for Joy Waller's awesome new book of poetry, Pause :: Heartbeat (ToPoJo Excursions) took place on April 6 at 6PM at ØL in Shibuya. Original event details are here. Performances were given by the author with Marcellus Nealy, Holly Lanasolyluna, Daisuke Yakumo, Duncan Whom, Sorcha Chisholm, and Taylor Mignon.

Shades of Tay:
Collaborators Collab on Collaborations Concert

February 16, 2019

More information on Facebook

Join Taylor Mignon in this ménage of many of his collaborators: musicians, poets and editors for a celebration of creativity. His original, cowritten and translated poetic material will be fused with improvised music composed by the ToPoJo Toasters, the house band for Tokyo Poetry Journal. They are: our maestro and host Morgan Fisher, Samm Bennett and Masa Shimaji.

Participating guests: Mat Chiappe, Jeffrey Johnson, Simon Scott, David Severn, Jordan A. Y. Smith, Leah Ann Sullivan, Barbara Summerhawk (in spirit), Jerome Young, Joy Waller

Topojo Volume 7: Yamato-Sepharad Constellations

January 26, 2019

Facebook event page here.

With ToPoJo Toasters band: Samm Bennett, Morgan Fisher, Masahico Shimaji.

Sea of Trees: Poetic Gateways to Aokigahara

January 6, 2019 -

Facebook event page here.

Omotesando Spiral's Support Your Local Poet series hosts authors Arai Takako, Osaki Sayaka, Jordan A. Y. Smith, and Yotsumoto Yasuhiro in a reading and discussion of their new book from ToPoJo Excursions.

Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume 6 Launch Party

July 21, 2018 @ Nagatacho GRID  7-10PM

Music sets from the ToPoJo Toasters (Samm Bennett, Morgan Fisher, Masahico Shimaji).

Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume 5 Launch Party

January 27, 2018 @ ØL IN SHIBUYA 7-9:30PM (doors open 6:30)

Music sets from the ToPoJo Toasters (Samm Bennett, Morgan Fisher, Masahico Shimaji).

Chiba Poets in Togane 

with Misaki Takako, Jordan Smith, Oshima Takeo

January 10, 2018 @Meaning of Life Coffee in Togane, Chiba


Writing Through Translation

with Peter Cole, Suga Keijiro and Jordan Smith

November 5, 2017 @Infinity Books in Asakusa



E Pluribus Pluram: ToPoJo Welcomes Writers in Town for the Japan Writers Conference

with James Shea, Sue Sullivan, Shivaji Das, Barbara Summerhawk

October 7, 2017 7-9PM @ Café Lavandería in Shinjuku 3-choume


Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume 4 Launch Party
Tokyo Salon (B1 of Las Chicas in Omotesando) 5-47-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
Special issue “Heisei Generations,” featuring work by poets who debuted during the current Heisei Era (1989 – 2019).

Readings included poetry from: Kuwahara Takiya 桑原滝弥, Tian Yuan 田原, Nagae Yuki 永方佑樹, Akegata Misei 暁方ミセイ, Andrew Campana, Nakauchi Komoru 中内こもる, Hirokawa Chiaki 廣川ちあき, Oshima Takeo 大島健夫, Ishiwata Kimi 石渡紀美, Ōsaki Sayaka 大崎清夏, Tanaka Yosuke 田中庸介, Yada Kazuhiro 矢田和啓, Matsuoka Miya 松岡宮, and Michiyama Rain 道山れいん.

Music sets from the ToPoJo Toasters (Samm Bennett, Morgan Fisher, Masahico Shimaji).


Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume 3 Launch Party

Saturday, Dec 10, 2016  19:00-22:30 @ ØL Tokyo 

150-0042 東京都 渋谷区 Udagawa-cho, 37-10

Tokyo Poetry Journal invites you to party with poets, musicians and Tokyoite wilderati to celebrate the launch of the journal's Volume 3, centered on poetry's relationship with music (it's complicated - it's beautiful - they fight sometimes - they kiss - they travel - they kindle the boogie). 
Joan Anderson・Samm Bennett・Morgan Fisher・Paul Hullah・Jeffrey Johnson・Huw Lloyd・Taylor Mignon・Kit Nagamura ・Marcellus Nealy・Masahico Shimaji・Jordan Smith・Barbara Summerhawk



Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume 2 Launch Party

Friday, May 27, 2016 19:00-22:00 @ Tokyo Salon / Las Chicas B1F

For this Vol. 2 shindig we hosted Latasha Diggs, a spoken word musician, lyricist Chris Mosdell and from Sendai, Scott Watson. Musicians Morgan Fisher, Samm Bennett and Ken Shima played sets and joined poets for improv collaborations. Emceed by poet and translator Jordan Smith. Also on hand will be Jeffrey Johnson and Taylor Mignon, editors of ToPoJo, as we like to call Tokyo Poetry Journal.

Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume 1 Launch Party

2015 Nov 13 TPJ Launch Party  @ Tokyo Salon / Las Chicas B1F



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