Hagiwara Sakutarō

Hagiwara Sakutarō (1886–1942) was a Japanese writer of free verse, active in the Taishō and early Shōwa periods of Japan. He is considered the “father of modern colloquial poetry in Japan”. He published many volumes of essays, literary and cultural criticism, and aphorisms over his long career.

Jae Kim is a fiction writer and a literary translator. He received his BA from Princeton University and MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he’s currently pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he translates contemporary South Korean poetry by women, alongside early twentieth century works from Korean and Japanese.