UPCOMING EVENTS

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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.

 

Volume 8 is coming your way and it's.... kind of a big deal. We are thrilled to bring you our usual motley mix of poetry, translation, art, performance, and giggles. Save the date, shake out your best tuxedo, black dress, grunge band tee (or something), show up, love literature, and come get yourself some thrills!

VOLUME 8 is proudly edited by Todd Silverstein and Jordan A.Y. Smith, who have been uncomplaining slaves of the literary lords in their efforts to bring forth this majestic issue.

READINGS accompanied by the indomitable and versatile Morgan Fisher on keyboard and interspersed with DJ sets by (MLS) Late:

 

Sawako Nakayasu
Ryan Dzelzkalns
Inagaki Hiloco / Kōno Saki
John Francis Cross
Joy Waller
Taylor Mignon
Miki Yuuri
Stanford Cheung
Todd Silverstein

+ Xiao Yue Shen and Jordan A. Y. Smith reading selections from TPJ8

Other Summer 2019: Launch event for new volume on Arabic and Japanese poetic relationships:  Arabica Japonica Poetica, edited by Abdelkader Jamoussi and Jordan A. Y. Smith. Launching in Morocco early May, and in Tokyo shortly thereafter.

PREVIOUS EVENTS
 
Pause::Heatbeat Launch 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 @ 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 LAUNCH!
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 with 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). 

Performers: 
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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